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Safer A66 journeys in £415,000 project

[D]rivers using the A66 west of Penrith in Cumbria are to get safer and smoother journeys – thanks to a £415,000 Highways England project to improve drainage and provide a new road surface.

A ½ mile single carriageway stretch of the road between junctions serving the parallel B5288 near Penruddock, will benefit from road reconstruction, drainage and resurfacing work which will start on Tuesday (28 August) and last for 6 weeks.

Highways England project manager William Paterson said: “This resurfacing scheme is part of Highways England’s road renewals programme, which aims to keep the carriageway in good condition and free of rainwater. Although there will be temporary traffic lights in place during the quieter times of the day and night they’ll be staffed whenever possible to reduce queuing time for road users.”

Most of the work will be done during the week rather than at weekends. The traffic lights will be in place between 8.30am and 5pm each day and between 8pm and 6am overnight.  A 40 mph speed limit will be in place past the road works for safety reasons.

The work is being delivered as part of a £104 million makeover of the region’s motorways and major A roads with a total of 212 miles of motorway and trunk road lanes being resurfaced and upgrading more than 9 miles of drainage.

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