THE M55 will be hit with lane closures over the next two weeks after a drain collapsed.
The Highways Agency is spending £210,000 on repairs to the eastbound carriageway between Junction 4 at Blackpool and Junction 3, Kirkham.
A drain has collapsed in the motorway verge causing a crack in the hard shoulder and across the main carriageway into the middle lane.
To minimise disruption the work will be split into three phases with a new drain being installed between Monday and Thursday next week. The hard shoulder and the inside lane will be closed throughout.
The second phase of work, will take place between 8pm on Friday and 6am on Monday, February 21. The hard shoulder and inside and middle lanes will be shut for this work, leaving only a single lane running eastbound.
The third phase of the work will take place over the following weekend with the closure of all three carriageway lanes for resurfacing and the hard shoulder being used as a single running lane instead.
That work will take place between 8pm on Friday, February 25, and 6am on Monday, February 28.
A 50mph speed limit will be in place.
On both weekends direct access from the A5320 onto the M55 where the roads merge will also be closed.
Drivers on the A5320 out of Blackpool will instead have to leave the A5320 at Marton Circle roundabout and join the M55 from there via the Junction 4 eastbound entry slip.
Highways Agency project sponsor Phil Davies said, “This is essential maintenance and repair work.
“We have timed the work to cause as little inconvenience as possible outside key holiday periods. We will have two lanes open when work is taking place during the week and the restriction to one lane will only be in place during the two weekend phases.
“There will be no roadworks in place when Blackpool host Spurs in the midweek Premiership game (February 22) so fans can get away from the game smoothly.”