M1/M62 bridge work

We’re carrying out a number of improvements to the various bridges, and some other structures, along the M62 and M1 to create smoother and safer journeys.

Start date May 2020
End date End of 2021-22
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 20 July 2021

    M62 junction 35 resurfacing, Cowick - August

    We’re resurfacing the M62 junction 35 at Cowick to maintain the surface of the carriageway.

    We’ll be replacing the surface of the M62 eastbound and westbound carriageway and will carry out some electrical work at the same time.

    • This work will start on Monday 2 August and is expected to finish on Friday 13 August.
    • We will be working overnight from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

     

    Closures, restrictions and diversions

    To carry out this work safely, we need to close the M62 between junction 34 and junction 35 and divert traffic onto nearby routes. This diversion has been agreed in advance with the police and local authorities.

    A diversion will be in place for all vehicles using the A19, A63, A1041 and A645.

  • 12 July 2021

    Maintenance work on the M62 – Whitwood Common and Low Laithe

    From July until October we’ll carry out work on the M62 between junctions 31 and 31. We’ll be maintaining and improving the safety barriers and parapets at Whitwood Common bridge and Low Laithe bridge. This work will ensure that our barriers and bridges well maintained and will improve safety for drivers.

    What’s happening and when?

    We’re starting work on Thursday 15 July and expect to complete the work in October. We’ll do most of this work during the day, but some will be done overnight. Sometimes our work can be affected by poor weather conditions and other factors which can delay it finishing. 

    Map showing the M62 and locations of Whitwood and Low Laithe bridges  

    Closures, restrictions and diversions

    To carry out this work safely we’ll be closing the east and westbound hard-shoulder 24 hours. There will also be temporary safety barriers.

    On some nights we’ll need to close lanes one and two of the M62. This is so that our team can safely install and, then remove, safety barriers on the bridges.

    To get up-to-date road closure information visit our daily closures report webpage or follow us on Twitter @HighwaysYORKS.

  • 09 July 2021

    Maintenance work at Brinsworth Road and Whitehill Lane bridges - August

    In August we’ll carry out maintenance work on the M1 between Junction 33 and Junction 34. This work will ensure that bridges are maintained in good condition and are protected from the weather.

    What’s happening and when?

    We’re waterproofing and renewing the bridge joints and surfacing on two bridges on the M1, Brinsworth Road Bridge and White Hill Lane Bridge. We will be working over weekends and are due to start on Friday 30 July. We expect to complete our work on these two bridges by Monday 23 August.

    Replacing leaking and damaged bridge joints helps to protect the concrete below from slowly being damaged by rainwater and road salt. This reduces the need for future roadworks in the area. Our work is weather permitting and cannot be carried out in wet conditions.

     

    Closures, restrictions, and diversions

    To carry out this work safely, we will close the M1 overnight in one direction on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between 8pm and 6am. We will alternate this closure between the northbound and southbound carriageways.

    A fully signed diversion will be in place with traffic diverted on the A630, A6178 and A631.

    During the day (Saturday and Sunday) we will work under lane closures with two narrow lanes open to traffic from 6am to 8pm.

    For the latest info on closures visit our closures report page.

  • 07 July 2021

    Work complete at River Rother and Long Lane bridges

    On 7 July we completed our maintenance work just south of M1 junction 32, at River Rother and Long Lane bridges. Our team worked overnight to resurface sections of the M1 and replaced bridge joints. Despite the heavy rainfall, the team was able to complete the work on time and re-open the southbound carriageway.

  • 04 June 2021

    M1 Rother Lane bridge and Long Lane bridge - essential maintenance

    On Friday 25 June we’ll start work on the M1 at Rother Lane and Long Lane bridges. Our work will ensure that bridges are maintained in good condition and are protected from the weather.

    Replacing leaking and damaged bridge joints helps to protect the concrete below from slowly being damaged by rainwater and road salt. This reduces the need for future roadworks in the area.

    We expect to complete this work by Monday 19 July, but it depends on the weather as it can’t be carried out in wet conditions.

    Closures, restrictions and diversions

    We’ll carry out our work in two phases which will run in parallel.  

    Phase one

    This phase will require full overnight closures of the M1 junction 33 southbound entry slip-road. Vehicles will be diverted via the J33 roundabout up to, and around, junction 34 to join the M1 southbound. At junction 33, lanes 1 and 2 on the M1 southbound itself will also be closed. Lane 3 will remain open for traffic travelling southbound.

    Phase two

    During this phase, we will fully close the M1 southbound carriageway overnight under the junction 33 roundabout. Traffic will be diverted onto the junction 33 exit slip road and will re-join the M1 via the Southbound entry slip road.

    This work is one of a range of schemes we'll be carrying out along the M1 this year. 

    Map showing locations of bridges that we will be carrying out maintenance work on in 2021

     

  • 02 June 2021

    Work complete between Chain Bar and Gildersome M62

    In January we completed our work on two bridges on the M62 between Chain Bar at junction 26 and Gildersome at junction 27. These were Brecks bridge which carries the M62 over Moor Lane and the M62 Gildersome East bridge which carries the M62 over the M621 westbound link road.

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

  • 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.

Project information

Overview

We’re carrying out essential maintenance work to a number of bridges and other structures along the M62 (junctions 22 -32) and the M1 (junctions 32 -39) to create safe and reliable journeys. The work at each location will be slightly different, but includes: waterproofing the bridge decks, installing new expansion joints and bridge barriers and some resurfacing. 

The bridges and other structures 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  to minimise disruption.

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