Major traffic diversion on way as A59 to close

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PARTS of Clitheroe are set for two-and-a-half weeks of heavier than usual overnight traffic as a section of the A59 bypass is closed for essential resurfacing work.

Lancashire County Council is alerting motorists to the overnight closure of part of the A59 from Thursday, July 5th, to Sunday, July 22nd. It affects the A59 between its junction with Whalley Road (A671) and Pimlico Link Road (also A61). That section will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., but fully reopen during the day to keep disruption to a minimum. Access to Pendleton and The Wellsprings restaurant will be kept open throughout, with a 30mph speed restriction in force for safety.

A signed diversion will take overninght traffic through Clitheroe to avoid the closed section of the A59. A further diversion will be in place from Sabden as traffic from the village will not be able to access the A59 via Clitheroe Road.

Daniel Herbert, highways manager for East Lancashire, said: “We’re carrying out this essential resurfacing work overnight to minimise disruption as far as we possibly can.

“The A59 is a very busy route and closing it when traffic is at a minimum is the best option as it allows us to complete the work quickly and safely.

“The diversion will mean that other roads nearby will be much quieter than usual and we’ll be using it as an opportunity to carry out some more minor works on these roads to avoid causing more disruption in future.

“I’m sorry for any disruption these works will cause and would like to thank people for their patience.”

Highways teams will be working seven days-a-week on the A59 to get the work completed as quickly as possible.

As traffic will not be able to use Shawbridge Street and Pendle Road to access the A59 from Clitheroe, a full-time diversion will also be in place at the junction with Waterloo Road. Pendle Road will be closed except for access between July 13th and 27th from 9 a.m. to 4-30 p.m. from its junction with Highmoor Park to allow work to junctions and the surface on Pendle Road, which will take place during the day.