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Highway works to start on A591 Kendal bypass

Cumbria County Council will be carrying out works on the A591 Kendal bypass from Monday 6 March to help pave the way for improvements designed to prevent future flooding on the road.

The initial works will involve the construction of central reservation crossovers on the A591 dual carriageway between the Shenstone and Brettargh Holt junctions.

Works to create crossovers on the A591 will start on Monday 6 March and are scheduled to be completed before Easter. This section of road will be subject to ongoing lane 2 closures (in both directions) and a 40mph speed limit during this period.

The new crossovers will enable the county council to introduce a traffic contraflow system which will enable flood prevention works to take place at a later date without the need for a road closure.

The county council is aware the A591 is liable to flooding following prolonged heavy rainfall at two locations on this section of the road, which can result in a full or partial road closure for safety reasons.

A flood prevention scheme on the A591 between Shenstone and Brettargh Holt has been identified by the county council, in its role as Lead Local Flood Authority, and will involve replacing and upsizing two large culverts which run under the road. The improvement works will be part of the Cumbria Infrastructure Recovery Programme, which includes projects designed to protect vulnerable sections of the county’s road infrastructure from flooding.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “The A591 is a key route in the county carrying high volumes of traffic. The council is aware flooding can be an issue in this area and we’re working on proposals to tackle this as part of Cumbria’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme. The scheme will involve significant excavation works so a contraflow traffic system will be needed to enable this work to be done. It therefore makes good sense to install the crossovers now so that everything is in place and ready for this work to start.”

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