The M56 westbound between Junction 5 and 6 will be closed overnight on Saturday 22 November and the eastbound carriageway between Junction 6 and junction 5 will be closed the following evening (Sunday 23 November), the Highways Agency has announced today.
The closures on both nights will be between 10pm and 3am as work on the £5.5 million Highways Agency motorway bridge project continues.
However, some good news is that the narrow lanes and the 50mph speed limit along the M56 at Thorley Lane (Junction 5) that have been in place since August, when the old bridge over the motorway was demolished, will be removed next week.
During the closure on Saturday night, drivers using the westbound M56 out of Manchester will still be able to access the airport as normal from junction 5. However, drivers wanting to travel beyond junction 5 towards North Wales will need to take a diversion via the M60, M62 and M6.
On Sunday night the eastbound carriageway at Junction 6 will be closed and drivers are being advised to take a short alternative route from there to the airport. Drivers travelling beyond the airport towards Manchester will need to take a diversion from the M6 and use the M62 and M60 instead.
Highways Agency project manager Mark Mosley said: “By Monday 24 November all the restrictions though this junction will be lifted and we won’t be returning to do anymore work until February when we will be lifting the new bridge deck into place.
“We would like to thank drivers for their patience over the last few months and also to reassure people that we’ve been once again working closely with organisations like Manchester Airport to carefully plan these works.
“The timing of this month’s two overnight closures has been made in consideration of Manchester Airport traffic.”
Wayne Poole, Director of Passenger Services at Manchester Airport said: “The Highways Agency is carrying out its essential works on and around the main routes into Manchester Airport this month, and we will continue to work closely with them to ensure as little disruption to passengers as possible.
“Diversion routes are in place but passengers should leave enough time to get here.”
The Highways Agency have also advised that another weekend closure will be needed again in February 2015, when the new bridge deck is installed.