Junction 16 improvements for M6

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One of the busiest motorways in the UK , the M6, will be upgraded to help to reduce bottlenecks for traffic at junction 16 of the route in Staffordshire, according to plans from the Highways Agency.

Growing traffic volumes in recent years have taken their toll on the motorway and congestion is now a major issue for the Highways Agency to deal with.

As a result, a new programme of improvements has been announced for the M6 at junction 16 near Barthomley, with the north and southbound exit slip roads and roundabout, as well as its A500 eastbound approach, to undergo lane widening over the coming months.

Highways Agency project manager Debbie Makinde commented: "This busy junction suffers from congestion, particularly at peak times. Providing an additional lane on its approaches and providing traffic lights at the roundabout to help traffic join it will reduce that congestion."

The £8 million scheme is being delivered by the agency at the request of Cheshire East Council and work in the area will get underway from June 23rd.

Completion of the project has been scheduled for the week before Christmas. Prior to that, road users in the area are advised a temporary 50 mph speed limit will be in effect for all vehicles, while overnight closures of entry and exit slip roads at junction 16 will be carried out on selected dates.

In addition, several full closures of the adjoining A500 and B5078 are scheduled and motorists will also have to put up with narrow lanes, as agency engineers carry out essential construction works at the site.

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