MAJOR construction work on the M56 at Helsby Viaduct is set to start next week after the Easter Bank Holiday.

The extensive programme of works, between junctions 12 and 14, is set to be completed at the end of November.

Highways England have said concrete repairs will continue underneath the viaduct and will be ongoing until the completion

date and that advance work on the M56 has also started.

The structure has deteriorated over the years and now requires significant essential maintenance repairs.

This will ensure the structure remains safe for use in the future.

Work has started underneath Helsby Viaduct, where concrete repairs are taking place. In addition to this,Highways England plan to carry out the following work on the M56:

„ Install new drainage systems.

„ Waterproofing the bridge deck and replacing bridge joints.

„ Install new safety barrier at the sides and within the central reservation.

„ Carriageway surfacing and replacement of road markings.

A spokesman for the scheme said: "For the safety of road users and our workforce, a contraflow system will be in place. The contraflow will allow us to carry out our work as quickly as possible and keep three lanes open for traffic to minimise disruption and


"A stepped 50mph, 40mph speed limit will also be in place."

To install the contraflow, overnight closures are required on both carriageways of the M56 between junctions 12 and 14. As the work progresses, further overnight closures are needed to adjust the contraflow and working area.

Signed diversion routes will be in place.

The spokesman added: "While we continue to deliver this key piece of work, please be assured we’re following the current government guidelines with regards to the coronavirus outbreak.

"Our roads remain open and we will continue to maintain and develop the network, ensuring that lifesaving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel across the country to where they are needed most."