19/03/14

Cyclists and walkers enjoy a diversion with a difference

Engineers working on the Heysham to M6 Link Road have created a footpath and a cycleway diversion to accommodate work on the new West Lune Bridge, next to the existing M6 bridge across the River Lune.

The new bridge over the River Lune is perhaps the most dramatic of the 13 structures that will be built along the length of the new link road.

Access to the site is via a dedicated entrance off Caton Road near the Holiday Inn controlled by an integrated traffic light system.

The diversion route for the cycle way will be cut into an embankment south of the existing track. The replacement will be three metres wide, surfaced and lit.

Costain Project Manager; Andrew Langley said “The West Lune Bridge is part of the new Junction 34 arrangements which will incorporate improvements to all sliproads, without affecting the Caton Road Bridge, along with improvements to Bulk Green and the new Crosskells junction”.

The temporary diversion will cross the site access with gates either side of the cycleway along with suitable signage highlighting the approaching crossing.

When opened by a Costain operative, the gates will simultaneously close the cycleway to allow plant to cross during working hours.

“The route will also give passers by an excellent view of the bridge works in this area for the next two years”. Andrew Langley added.