Major roadworks are to be carried out across one of Liverpool’s busiest routes for almost two months.
Liverpool Council has confirmed a resurfacing programme will be carried out on the East Lancashire Road (A580) from Monday. The work is part of a two phase scheme to improve the carriageway.
This will mean disruption to road users from next week.
The seven-week programme will begin from Monday evening, with full closure of outbound lanes. In a social media post, the local authority confirmed the closure will begin from Lower House Lane to Bridgehouse Lane Junction in L11.
The roads will be closed between 8pm and 6am until Tuesday 24 October. Diversions are to be put in place for motorists for the duration of the closures.
A series of two way light signals are to be situated just before the Liverpool/Knowsley boundary on Bridgehouse Lane. The stretch of road is situated around major businesses in the area, including the Showcase Cinema and the Stonedale Retail Park.
Details of diversions around Lower House Lane have not yet been confirmed. It is not known when the second phase of roadworks and resurfacing of other areas of the road will take place.
The East Lancashire Road, known locally as the East Lancs, was built as the UK’s first purpose-built intercity highway. It was designed to provide better links between the Port of Liverpool and the industrial areas of East Manchester.
It was officially opened by King George V in 1934 after five years of construction.
In 2004, the Highways Agency officially detrunked the road, meaning control and maintenance of the road passed over to local authorities. This means Liverpool Council is solely responsible for the area being relaid from next week.
It remains one of the country’s busiest and most important truck roads. The work will be carried out by Huyton Asphalt Civils Limited, who have taken out a number of projects on the East Lancs and across the city on behalf of Liverpool Council.