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Works and closures of the M6, M60, M61, M65 and M66 roads over the next month

Motorists are expected to be affected due to road works and closures expected to take place in the North West over the coming month.

Maintenance plans are in place on several routes this month, including the M53, M6, M60, M61, M62, M65 and M66. Road closures are in place with detour routes put in place for a host of reasons such as repairing security barriers and bridges.

Most work is expected to take place overnight to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion, but where this has not been possible, daytime closures are in place and may affect those entering and leaving the county this month .

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Below is a list of road closures on the North West Freeways this month along with the reasoning behind the maintenance. See where you might be affected.


The River Dane Bridge over the M6 ​​between Junctions 18 and 19 is due to undergo repairs from today (4 April) until the end of the month. The River Dane Bridge was built in 1962 and carries the M6 ​​over the River Dane to Holmes Chapel in Cheshire.

The piers supporting the bridge would have weakened and required essential repairs. The work will consist of reinforcing the piers, replacing the concrete with a resistant material which will bring the bridge up to current standards.

As the work will be carried out below the level of the freeway, there will be no traffic management in place on the road above. Despite this, National Highways warned that while the area may not look any different, drivers should be aware that work is taking place below and the bridge is weakened.

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Work at Junctions 3 and 4 of the M66 began on March 14 and is expected to continue until early September. Maintenance includes repairing crash barriers and resurfacing the roadway.

The southbound roadway between Junctions 3 and 4 will be closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and detour routes are in place. In order to carry out the work safely, narrow lanes are in place as well as a speed limit of 50 mph.


Work at junctions 6 and 7 of the M65 began in late February and will continue through stages three and four this month. The work is taking place on both sides of the roadway and includes the replacement of road markings, bridge joints and traffic detection cables.

Maintenance work takes place Monday to Friday between 8pm and 5am – extended until 7am on weekends. Night closures will be in place.

In April, work will begin its third and fourth stages, hoping to complete the third stage on April 14 before starting on April 4, 18. Work will end on May 20.

The third stage began March 21 and involves repairing bridge junctions on the eastbound causeway at Junction 7. Full nighttime closures are in place for this time.

As of April 19, repairs to bridge joints on the westbound carriageway at Junction 7 are underway. There will be complete overnight closures at Junction 7 from April 19 to May 20.


Work on Junction 3 of the M61 southbound to the M60 began last month and will continue until 13 May. Repairs will be carried out on the southbound carriageway of the M61 between Junction 3 to where it joins the M60 carriageway clockwise at Junction 15.

In parallel, work will be carried out on the M61 Junction 3 South off-ramp. Works include resurfacing, installation of new traffic signs and replacement of road markings, road posts and traffic count loops.

Work will take place between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. – until 7:00 a.m. on weekends. Full nighttime closures will be in place during these times. Advanced signage will be placed on site as well as detour routes.

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Work on the Hollinwood Interchange and Hollins Road Overhead Bridge began in January and will continue through April. On April 7, there will be a complete closure of the Hollins Road Upper Bridge in both directions. Closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Work between Junction 20 and Junction 21 will also continue on the M60 as crews replace a crash barrier. The ground conditions under the safety barrier between the junctions are failing and the foundations have weakened. While this continues, the network is operating safely for motorists. Work is expected to continue until mid-October.

The exit 3 on-ramp had been closed from April 1 but reopened this morning (April 4) after repairs including resurfacing of the ramp, replacement of road markings, road poles, bridge joints and traffic count loops.


Maintenance work between Junctions 4 and 5 of the M53 began last month and will continue until mid-June. The work consists of replacing parts of the safety barrier and the waterproofing of the bridge.

A lane will be closed in both directions between the two junctions for the duration of the works. A 50mph speed limit will also be in place.