MOTORWAY misery for thousands of drivers using the M62 around Brighouse could be a thing of the past.
A contract to transform a 15.5 mile stretch to a managed motorway system, which will see the hard shoulder opened up to traffic, has been awarded by the Highways Agency.
Joint venture bmJV, consisting of BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall, have been awarded the construction contract to deliver the £150 million project.
The scheme will aim to cut congestion and improve journey times and safety through the use of variable mandatory speed limits and opening the hard shoulder as an extra traffic lane on the M62 between Junction 25 at Brighouse and Junction 30 at Rothwell.
Work to deliver the first managed motorway in the the Yorkshire and Humber region is due to start between October and December with the scheme open to traffic in 2013-14.
Roads Minister Mike Penning said: “I welcome the contract award which confirms that the Highways Agency is on track to start work on this important scheme on time and is making excellent progress against its commitment to reduce the cost of major capital projects by 20 per cent across the roads programme.
“The £150 million investment will provide much needed additional capacity, easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for more than 140,000 road users.
“Our experience elsewhere shows that managed motorways deliver significant safety and journey time benefits. That’s why the Government has committed to start work on 11 managed motorway schemes by 2015, including on the M62.”
Construction costs will be £136 million with the other money for fees and costs.
Managed Motorways use a range of innovative technology combined with new operating procedures to actively control traffic flow.
Techniques such as varying the speed limits, opening up the hard shoulder to traffic or limiting access to the motorway from slip roads at peak times are features of managed motorways all designed to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.