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Major road repairs for A596 start next month

One of Cumbria’s key roads – the A596 between Thursby and Workington – is set for major repairs starting next month.

Much of the work replacing worn-out sections of road with a brand new surface will be carried out at night, to minimise disruption to road users, by Cumbria County Council and its contractor, Connect Roads. Sections of the A596 covering more than 12km of road will be resurfaced.

“Winter has again taken its toll on the network and, with milder weather on the way, the council’s highways teams will shortly be winding down our gritting operations and focusing on an extensive maintenance programme across the county.

“We are aware that parts of the A596 in particular need urgent attention and our contractor will be carrying out major resurfacing works on this key road from mid-April until mid-July. Much of this work will be done overnight to minimise the disruption and I’d ask road users to bear with us because afterwards, everyone will benefit from a much-improved road surface.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways

Temporary road closures will be introduced during the night-time works, usually from 7pm-7am, with signed diversions in place. Some sections of road will also be closed for short periods during the day when milder weather allows completion of resurfacing.

Further maintenance work will be carried out, including resetting drains and manhole covers, gully cleaning, repairing or replacing damaged signs and street lights, and refreshing road markings.