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M6 ground investigation planned for Orrell

The Highways Agency has confirmed that ground investigation work for the upgrade of junction 26 on the M6 is set to start next week.

The three week ground investigation work will be used for design work on the junction upgrade at Orrell, near Wigan which aims to reduce congestion and improve safety at the junction, which links to the M58 and A577.

Work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 5am with both slip road and roundabout closures.

The 30m deep boreholes form a key part of the £1.7M scheme to widen the slip roads because the route passes through a former mining area.

The M6 project at Orrell is one of 123 in the government’s £317M ‘pinch-point’ initiative – a two year programme of targeted work being delivered alongside larger schemes and routine maintenance and improvements along the strategic road network.

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