Manchester

M56 near Manchester Airport to close

Junction 5 at Manchester Airport Image copyright Google
Image caption The Highways Agency said diversions will be in place

A motorway near Manchester Airport is being closed temporarily as part of a £5.5m project to replace a weakened bridge.

The M56 westbound between junction 5 and 6 will be closed between 22:00 GMT on Saturday and 03:00 on Sunday.

The eastbound M56 will then be closed between the same junctions from 22:00 on Sunday until 03:00 on Monday.

The Highways Agency said diversions would be in place while the essential work was carried out.

The agency said after this weekend's closures it would not be doing any more work until the new bridge deck was installed in February and 50 mph speed restrictions, in place since August, will be lifted.

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