Under Highways Agency plans, the M3 between junction 2 (where the road meets the M25 in Surrey) to junction 4a (near Farnborough in Hampshire) will be upgraded to a smart motorway, adding a fourth lane in both directions in place of the hard shoulder and adding technology to keep traffic moving safely and reliably. The road will also be resurfaced with a new, low noise material.
Now, public exhibitions are being held near the major route, where members of the public will be able to find out more about the plans and put any questions they have directly to a member of the project team.
Highways Agency project manager Pranav Devale said:
This busy section of the M3 is used for more than 130,000 journeys every day, and these vital improvements will add much needed extra capacity. Smart motorways are a safe, cost effective solution for improving journeys, and I’d encourage anyone with an interest in how they work to come along and put their questions to us.
The exhibitions are being held on between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 17 October at the Holiday Inn Farnborough, and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 18 October at St John’s Church in Windlesham.
Main construction on the project is expected to start in November, and last until December 2016.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.