Motorists are being warned that a section of A666 St Peter’s Way will shut for two weekends later this month for resurfacing work.
The road will be resurfaced in both directions, from the bridge on Folds Road to its junction with Topp Way.
The work, which is costing £628,000, is necessary to improve the A666 and prolong the lifespan of a key route to and from Bolton.
In an effort to minimise disruption, the council’s contractors will be working around the clock and in order to get the job done as quickly as possible closures will be necessary.
From 8pm on Friday, March 13 to 6am on Monday, March 16, St Peter’s Way will be closed to all northbound traffic after its junction with Bradford Street.
The closure will mean traffic will not be able to exit St Peter’s Way at Folds Road, or Topp Way. Motorists will have to exit St Peter’s Way at Bradford Street and follow the signed diversion route. St Peter’s Way will still be open as usual for traffic heading southbound.
From 8pm, on Friday, March 20 to 6am, on Monday, March 23, St Peter’s Way will be closed to all southbound traffic from its junction with Topp Way to Folds Road.
Traffic will be able join St Peter’s Way at the Bury New Road slip road, and diversions will be signposted. St Peter’s Way will still be open as usual for traffic heading northbound.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “We would like to apologise in advance to road users and residents for the inconvenience this work will cause.
“The A666 is one of our busiest roads and planning this scheme has been particularly complicated due to its traffic volume and location.
“The reason for doing the work over two weekends is because this will cause the least disruption – in the long run. The workmen will be working solidly 24 hours from Friday night to early hours on Monday on both weekends.
“We anticipate that there will be severe delays but in the long run this essential maintenance work will improve a road which is critical for the effective flow of traffic into and out of Bolton.”
The council is also repairing the bridge on Raikes Lane and lane closures are in place for a few hundred metres before the junction with Raikes Lane until early April.
Local businesses and residents have been informed. For more information, contact the council on 01204 336677 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.