Work is progressing well. We are on track to open junctions 18 and 20 by the end of September 2017. The remaining sections will be open by the end of the year. Over 350 road workers are building the smart motorway.
We have installed 9 gantries along the route. They will display electronic signs to help manage traffic flows. They are â€śsuperspanâ€ť gantries - they cross the whole road, weigh up to 78 tonnes and measure up to 60 metres across.
Now we are working in the central reservation between junctions 18 and 20 of the M62, installing cabling and ducting that will help to power and control the smart motorway. We will work on this in phases, moving further down the route from spring 2017 onwards.
Help us by checking your tyres and petrol level before you travel. During the first 30 months of our project weâ€™ve had to recover 11009 vehicles! This includes:
- 1981 vehicles that had punctures
- 843 vehicles that ran out of fuel
- 59 vehicles that had the wrong fuel in
We will need to use extended overnight closures between several junctions so we can work on longer stretches of the route each night. During these closures, we are:
- upgrading existing gantries
- repairing drainage to prevent flooding, improving driving conditions
- installing fixed signs to provide more information to our customers
- replacing some of the existing cable network, providing a system to help prevent metal theft
Youâ€™ll see new electronic signs in use for the first time. These rely on smartphone data to give drivers live times for diversions during road closures.
|July 2014||Main construction work begins|
|September 2017||Extra lane opens and roadworks removed from M62 (junctions 18 and 20)|
|End of 2017||Main construction work completed and roadworks removed from M60 (junctions 8 to 18)|
Why we need this scheme
This road forms an important part of the main east-west transport corridor, linking Merseyside and greater Manchester with Yorkshire and the Humber.
This route also serves both national and international traffic movements, forming part of Euro Route 22, which links Siberia to Dublin. It is also an important local route connecting conurbations within the Greater Manchester district.
This route is used by over 180,000 vehicles per day. It suffers from heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times, especially during peak periods.
This project started as 3 individual schemes, but has been re-assessed a number of times. The result is a combined scheme approach covering the whole â€ścorridorâ€ť between M60 junction 8 and M62 junction 20. This route is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and has 11 junctions along the route.
Implementing smart motorways on the M60 in Greater Manchester will reduce congestion and make journeys more reliable. This in turn creates economic benefits for the region and the country as a whole.
The first smart motorway scheme (known then as a managed motorway) opened to traffic on the M42 motorway in 2006. Analysis of the data gathered since opening has found that journey reliability improved by 22 per cent.
In addition, personal injury accidents have reduced by more than half since hard shoulder running was introduced. There was also an overall reduction in the severity of accidents with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured.
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