Road layout changes in Lancs as part of £150m Highways project

The roadworks are ongoing
The roadworks are ongoing

Drivers in Lancashire are being advised of changes to a road layout as part of a National Highways' £150 million project.

National Highways will be switching traffic along the A585 onto a new section of road next to Old Mains Lane in order to safely remove the existing Skippool bridge, close to Windy Harbour.

The traffic switch will take place overnight during the week commencing Monday, October 10, under temporary traffic signals and the new layout will be signposted on the approach from both directions.

To complete work on the outer verges at Skippool roundabout Highways will need to undertake nightwork at Skippool Road (southbound only) on Wednesday, October 12, for three nights from 8.30pm to 5.30am under temporary traffic signals.

In addition, sheet piling next to the garage on Mains Lane will take place. This will begin the week commencing Monday, October 24, and will take approximately five weeks to complete.

The existing Skippool bridge will be removed during this period.

National Highways’ project manager, Tristram Bardrick, said: “The removal of the existing Skippool bridge is an important part of this project and these changes to the road layout will help ensure it can take place safely.

“The bridge will be removed during the sheet piling process. We appreciate the sheet piling can be noisy and this is why we will be carrying out this part of the works during the daytime only.”

Sheet piling helps build stable foundations for construction work to take place. This involves driving large amounts of steel deep into the ground.

It is widely used in the construction industry and will not cause any damage to properties, although it does create noise.

More information on the project and an opportunity to provide feedback on the ongoing roadworks is available from the National Highways website.