M1/M62 bridge work

We’re carrying out a number of improvements to the various bridges along the M62 to improve safety.

Start date May 2020
End date End of 2020-21
Cost £4.5 million

Latest updates

  • 12 November 2020

    Work to start between Chain Bar and Gildersome

    Work is due to start on two bridges on the M62 between Chain Bar at junction 26 and Gildersome at junction 27.

    The first is Brecks bridge which carries the M62 over Moor Lane and the second is the M62 Gildersome East bridge which carries the M62 over the M621 westbound link road.

    We’re replacing the existing barriers on the bridges and both their approaches and departures to improve safety and reliability for road users.

    We’re starting work on Monday 16 November 2020 and expect to complete the work by the end of January 2021 weather and circumstances permitting.

    We’ll be working overnight when traffic numbers are lower to minimise the risk to our operatives.

    We’ll need to close lane one of the four lane motorway between junction 26 and junction 27 while we carry out the work. We’ll carry out work on the eastbound carriageway first followed by the westbound.

    We’re installing a temporary safety barrier on the bridge deck for safety to protect our operatives and road users, these will be in place until the work is complete.

    To install and remove the temporary barrier we’ll need to close the eastbound M62 entry slip road overnight at junction 27 and close lanes on the M621 link road running underneath the bridges to prevent debris from falling onto the roads below.

    During the work we’ll need to use temporary traffic signals overnight for alternate carriageway closures on Moor Lane. 

    Closing lane one of the motorway at this location may increase travel time, especially during rush hour commute so please plan your journey ahead.

    This work is not expected to be noisy but we’re working hard with our partners to keep disruption to a minimum and apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 19 October 2020

    Further bridge work planned along the M62

    Work on Rockingstones bridge which carries the M62 over the A672 is set to start next month, providing drivers with safer and more reliable journeys.

    From Monday 2 November we’ll be replacing the existing safety barriers on the bridge at junction 22.  

    Work is due to be complete before Christmas, weather and circumstances permitting.

    To carry out the work at Rockingstones we’ll need to close the M62 in both directions Friday to Sunday, reopening all but the hard shoulder during the day.

    We’ll also need to install temporary traffic lights on the A672 while we install temporary edge protection on to the structure to prevent debris from falling on to the route below.

    This work may be noisy but we’re working hard with our partners to keep disruption to a minimum and apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 02 October 2020

    Work to start on Tingley bridge barriers

    We’re carrying out essential maintenance at Tingley interchange to improve safety.

    We’re replacing the barrier on the east and west bridges on both carriageways on the M62 at junction 28 for Tingley. We’re due to start on Monday 12 October and finish by the end of November, depending on reasonable weather conditions.

    For safety and to keep disruption to a minimum the following closures will be in place:

    There will be a 24/7 closure of the hard shoulder and lanes 1 and 2 will be closed overnight Monday to Friday 8pm to 6am.

    There will also be a full closure of the road under Tingley interchange east and west bridges. This will be overnight for four nights between 8pm and 6am.

    Fully signed diversion routes will be in place, agreed in advance with local authority and police and access will be maintained for local traffic to properties and affected businesses. Emergency vehicles and police will also be able to gain access where needed throughout the work.

  • 26 August 2020

    Royds Green bridge work starting

    We’re carrying out extensive repairs to the west bridge deck at Rothwell interchange (junction 30 of the M62) to maintain and improve the structure which is known as Royds Green.

    We’re carrying out several repairs including waterproofing the bridge deck, installing new expansion joints and resurfacing to create a safe, reliable journey for road users.

    Expansion joints allow the structure to move in a controlled way and the waterproofing is required to prevent damage to the concrete deck, this work is weather dependant.  

    We’re starting work on Friday 4 September and aim to complete by Tuesday 8 September.

    We’ll need to completely close the westbound section of the bridge from 8pm on Friday 4 September through to 6am on Monday 7 September and again overnight between 8pm and 6am on Monday 7 September. This is so we can complete the work in the shortest time possible, minimising disruption to regular road users.

    Walkers and cyclists will be escorted through the work site.

    Drivers will be diverted between Stanley, via Methley using the B6135. And eastbound motorway traffic will be directed via M62 junction 29, Lofthouse interchange.

    We need dry conditions to be able to carry out the work, so we’ve arranged contingency dates in case of wet weather.

    These dates are:

    Friday 11 to Monday 14 September or Friday 18 to Monday 21 September 2020. With a further planned following overnight closure.

    The closure times will still run from 8pm on Friday to Monday 6am if we have to use a contingency weekend.

  • 01 August 2020

    Work to start on Gildersome interchange

    So far we've completed waterproofing and resurfacing work to the bridges at both Hey Lane and Rockingstone at junction 22 (Rishworth Moor) and at junction 32 (Castleford).

    Waterproofing a bridge protects the concrete from being damaged by rainwater and road salt which can create sudden potholes. As is always the case with this kind of job, it can only go ahead if the weather is dry but the work will create a safe and reliable journey for road users.

    We're looking to start work on waterproofing, surfacing and replacing the joints at junction 27 of the M62, Gildersome interchange. The work will be on Gelderd Road bridge deck on the westbound side and various sections of the M62, M621 and A62.

    Work will start on Friday 7 August and will be followed by some further carriageway improvements such as replacing the existing road studs, resurfacing and painting new white lines to provide safer and smoother journeys.

    We're hoping to complete the work by mid-September weather and circumstances permitting.

    While working on the bridge we'll need to fully close the westbound carriageway of the M62 overnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between junctions 28 and 27 from 8pm to 6am.

    Over the weekends we'll reopen during the day with two narrow lanes running on a reduced speed limit of 40mph.

    Westbound traffic will be diverted off the M62 at junction 28 heading north on the A6110 towards the M621 to re-join the M62 at junction 27, Birstall. The work should only take two weekends to complete but we need dry conditions, so we’ve planned an extra two contingency weekends within a four-week period.

    To safely complete the carriageway surfacing and studs we’re working overnight between 8pm to 6am.

    We’ll need to close different sections of the junction at different times to carry out the work, but fully signed diversions will be in place for all the closures and have been authorised by local authorities and police.

  • 08 June 2020

    Work and road closures

    We’ve started work to waterproof and surface the bridge deck joints to create a safe and reliable journey for road users at junction 32 of the M62.

    We started work on Friday 5 June 2020 and aim to complete by Monday 20 July 2020 weather and circumstances permitting.

    We’ll need to carry out the work over four weekends fully closing the M62 overnight between junctions 31 and 32 in both directions. We’re working from 8pm to 6am re-opening during the day with narrow lanes.

    The westbound entry slip road will be open at junction 31 and the eastbound entry slip road will be open at junction 32.

    The daytime narrow lanes will include an advised reduced speed limit of 50mph so we can work safely while keeping traffic moving.

    During the week all the traffic management will be removed to minimise disruption.

    During the closures fully signed diversions will be in place approved by local authorities and police.

    Westbound traffic will be diverted off the M62 at junction 32 and directed north onto the A6539, towards Pontefract Road and back to re-join the M62 at junction 31. Eastbound traffic will be diverted on the same route in reverse.

  • 08 June 2020

    Waterproofing work

    We’re waterproofing the bridge decks at both Hey Lane and Rockingstone to maintain the bridge and prevent it from deteriorating.

    Waterproofing a bridge protects the concrete from being damaged by rainwater and road salt which can create sudden potholes. As is always the case with this kind of job, it can only go ahead if the weather is dry.

    To minimise disruption we’re working over the next six weekends until the beginning of July. There will be two narrow lanes during the day on the main carriageway between junctions 22 and 23 which will be reduced to one overnight. There will also be a closure of the bridge at junction 22 overnight with traffic diverted off and back on to the M62 using the slip roads at the junction.

Project information

Overview

We’re carrying out extensive refurbishment work to the bridges at the junctions between junction 22 for Huddersfield and junction 32. The work at each junction will be slightly different but includes: waterproofing the bridge deck, installing new expansion joints and bridge barriers and resurfacing to create a safe and reliable journey for road users.

The bridges have been in place for some time and are starting to show signs of wear and tear. To ensure we continue to provide drivers with smoother and safer journeys we’ll be carrying out these improvements throughout the year to minimise disruption.

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