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M6 motorway closure warning to Cumbrian motorists

The M6 motorway is closing for 10 hours each evening near Carlisle due to essential repair work on a damaged bridge.

It will be shut between junction 43 and 44 each night while repairs are done to St John’s Bridge, which carries Houghton Road North, which was recently hit by a high vehicle.

Work began on Monday and is expected to take two weeks to complete with the diversion adding around 20 minutes to journey times.

It means that the southbound carriageway of the M6 has been shut between the two junctions from 8pm until 6am.

The closure will see drivers diverted from the southbound M6 at junction 44 to use the eastbound A689 towards Brampton and the westbound A69 to rejoin the motorway at junction 43.

And during the day, the southbound carriageway will be reduced to two narrowed lanes with a 50mph speed limit. This is to allow concrete used in the overnight repairs to harden during the day.

The collision, several months ago, took a large chunk of concrete out of the bridge deck, exposing the steel reinforcement.

There is no imminent risk to motorway users but the steel will corrode if the bridge deck is left unrepaired, resulting in concrete becoming loose and posing a safety risk to M6 traffic.

– Paul Hupton, project manager at Highways England

The local Houghton Road North road which uses the bridge to cross over the motorway, will be closed around the clock during the work.