More work to improve M62 to start this month

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Work to improve the central reservation barrier on the M62 between Brighouse and Huddersfield will begin this month.

From October 14, a 2.8 mile section of the steel central reservation barrier between junction 24 at Ainley Top and 25 will be replaced with a safer, concrete barrier.

The new concrete barriers are stronger and more robust and are also unlikely to require repairs after vehicle impact. The work is planned to be completed before March 2014.

During the work lane three will be closed on each carriageway and a 50mph speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of road users and the workforce.

To minimize the disruption to drivers, three lanes will remain open in each direction during the day with drivers using the hard shoulder. At times overnight lane closures may also be required.

Highways Agency project manager, Alan Apps, said: “This barrier replacement scheme will improve safety on the M62 in West Yorkshire. Concrete barriers reduce the risk of vehicles involved in accidents crossing from one side of the motorway to the other and improve the safety of road users and road workers.

“We recognise the impact this work will have on road users in the area, particularly following the extensive work to upgrade the M62 to a managed motorway. To ensure we minimise the impact of these roadworks, work will be taking place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with our quieter operations planned to take place overnight. We advise drivers to plan their journeys as delays are likely. We are grateful for motorists’ understanding during the work and ask that they drive carefully through the roadworks and along the diversion routes.”