A scheme to make an accident-prone roundabout safer in Bolton will take place this weekend.
The A666 Kearsley roundabout will be resurfaced and the lines remarked. The works start on Friday, February 18 at 10pm and finish at 5am on Monday, February 21.
The works are necessary as a result of the roundabout’s significant accident record. A total of 29 accidents, resulting in 41 casualties, have taken place from October 2005 to October 2010.
For the improvements to take place as safely as possible, it is necessary to close sections of the roundabout for the duration of the work. Temporary traffic signals will be in place whilst work is underway.
The Highways Agency and the council are also shutting the slip roads to and from the M61 motorway, and A666 St Peter’s Way.
Fully signposted diversions will be in place but the work is likely to cause major disruption. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area as severe delays are expected.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said although there would be disruption, the work was essential.
“The accident record at this roundabout makes for shocking reading and we have a duty to do something about this. The white lines have faded on the roundabout and the surface has worn away. We’re going to have to remove the tarmac and relay the whole surface. We’ve consulted with the Highways Agency and the only way this scheme can be done safely is by closing sections of the roundabout and slip roads for a whole weekend. We know this is going to cause major disruption and we would like to apologise in advance for this,” said Councillor Zaman.
“We did consider working over several weekends but that would have been even more disruptive. Our contractors will be working round the clock to get the job done as fast as possible. Once the works are finished there should be a significant improvement to the roundabout,” he added.
Diversions will be in place for the duration of the scheme. Motorists who would usually leave the M61 at the Kearsley exit are advised to use the Farnworth, junction 4 exit.
Traffic from Salford wishing to get on to the motorway will also be redirected to the Farnworth junction.
The A666 (St Peter’s Way, Bolton and Manchester roads), the A6053 Market Street in Farnworth and Kearsley will remain open throughout the works.
Local company A.E. Yates are carrying out the works. Residents living nearby are being warned of significant overnight noise disruption.
For more information telephone the council’s helpline on 01204 336677.