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Major improvements completed on Cumbria’s A66

Highways England has said that it has completed a £7M flood resilience improvement project on the A66 in Cumbria.

The work included over £1M of slope stabilisation work on the route next to Bassenthwaite Lake, as well as raising section of carriageway, installation of new drainage and construction of gabion walls.

In total over 1,600 soil nails and 2,500m2 of rock netting were installed to stabilise slopes as part of the project.

“This is a significant investment in the county’s road network and will provide even greater resilience during severe weather incidents – keeping local people and the economy on the move,” said Highways England project manager Peter Gee.

“Working to deliver these improvements at five different sites has been a major engineering and project planning challenge – not least in raising the height of the carriageway by almost 1.5m in places. We’d like to thank drivers and other local people for their patience over the last 11 months with temporary traffic lights and overnight carriageway closures. We hope they’ll appreciate the benefits through many winters to come.”


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