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The A666 is a major road in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, England. Known as Manchester Road, Bolton Road, or Blackburn Road, depending on which area it is in, it runs from its junction with the A6, M61 and A580 at the Irlams o' th' Height boundary with Pendlebury near Manchester, through Pendlebury, Clifton, Kearsley, Farnworth, Bolton, Darwen and Blackburn before meeting the A59 at Langho. Along the route are the West Pennine Moors, the Turton and Entwistle reservoir and the Entwistle reservoir forest.

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A666
A666 near Farnworth
Major junctions
South endPendlebury
53°30′09″N 2°18′37″W / 53.5025°N 2.3103°W / 53.5025; -2.3103 (A666 road (southern end))
  A6
A6044
M60
A667
M61
A6053
A575
A579
A676
A673
A6099
A58
A675
M65
A6062
A6078
A6119
A59
North endLangho
53°48′31″N 2°26′41″W / 53.8086°N 2.4448°W / 53.8086; -2.4448 (A666 road (northern end))
Location
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destinations
Bolton
Blackburn
Road network
Anchor Hotel on the A666 Blackburn Road in Darwen

It is sometimes referred to as the Devil's Highway[1] or the Devil's Road because of Biblical associations of its number 666, and its high accident rate on the moors between Egerton and Darwen. Conversely, for a short length from the M61 Kearsley spur and bypassing Farnworth to central Bolton, it is officially called St. Peter's Way.

Road works (speed limit changed from 70 mph to 50 mph, speed cameras, better safety fencing, banning cyclists from the road, slip road changes) finished at the start of 2000 reduced traffic collisions and crashes by 60%. Before this it was having 26 vehicle collisions and crashes a year with 40 people injured.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "No longer the Devil's highway". Bolton Evening News. Newsquest Media Group. 13 February 2002. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2008.

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