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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Motorists warned over delays due to A66 roadworks

Traffic is set to be disrupted for three weeks while a section of the A66 road in Cumbria is resurfaced.

The £350,000 Highways Agency project to resurface a the dual carriageway at Bassenthwaite Lake begins today and is set to last until Friday, December 20.

Both lanes of the westbound carriageway will be affected along a mile-long section of the route at Wythop Woods.

All of the work will be done overnight, between 8pm and 6am during the week, and between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The route will remain open at all times with the help of a contraflow arrangement – with one lane of the eastbound carriageway opened to westbound traffic and the other available to eastbound traffic.

A 40mph speed limit will be in place past the roadworks along both the eastbound and contraflow westbound carriageways.

Peter Gee, the Highways Agency project sponsor, said: “This is routine wear and tear maintenance to ensure users of the A66 can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys.

“Drivers should leave a little bit of extra time to travel through the contraflow and heed the reduced speed limit for their own safety and the safety of road workers.”

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