Sections of the new £192 million A556 Knutsford to Bowdon dual carriageway, between the M6 and M56 in Cheshire, will be connected this weekend.
The route of the new road, forming a new link between junction 19 of the M6 at Knutsford and junction 7 of the M56 at Bowdon, has been taking shape for some time as new aerial pictures released by Highways England show.
However, the need to keep open existing roads which cross the route of the new dual carriageway while it is being built means it has yet to be connected from end to end. Work to move these roads onto bridges over the new road is now underway.
The A50 from Mere, Chapel Lane from Bucklow Hill and Millington Lane – all with junctions along the existing A556 – are all currently running across the path of the new A556 with the route of the new road being excavated on either side of them. Each of the roads will be realigned and moved onto newly-built bridges crossing the new dual carriageway – with the A50 work due for completion by Tuesday (30 August) during a weekend of overnight closures.
Highways England project manager Paul Hampson said: “We’ve worked hard to keep open roads which cross the path of the new A556. This has included constructing the new bridges parallel to the A50, Chapel Lane and Millington Lane so we can simply re-align each road when the time came.
“This weekend’s work is an important milestone ensuring we can now start to connect the different sections of the new A556 and realign the A50 over the new bridge with the minimum of fuss.”
Meanwhile, construction of new link roads from the M56 onto the A556, including new arrangements at Bowdon roundabout, is also taking place at the moment.
The new aerial pictures released today by Highways England show work around the A50 bridge and roundabout, Chapel Lane, a sections of the new route with hard foundations already in place and looking north up the new dual carriageway from junction 19 of the M6 at Knutsford.