Press release

New central reservation barriers for M18 Wadworth Viaduct

The Highways Agency will begin preparatory work from today (24 February) to replace the central reservation barrier on the M18 Wadworth Viaduct in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.


The viaduct carries the M18 over the A1(M) at junction 2 and this work will improve safety for drivers.

When the work gets underway in full from next week, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions during the day, by using the hard shoulder as a running lane, with traffic management in place over 24 hours. The work is due to be completed by 17 April.

Highways Agency project manager Tim Calvert said:

When complete this work will improve safety and reliability within the vicinity of the bridge. It is envisaged that disruption caused by the work will be minimal and every effort has been made to ensure this. We ask that drivers take care when travelling through the roadworks and along the diversion routes.

In order to prepare the site for the work, from today the hard shoulder is closed on both carriageways, and various overnight lane closures will be required throughout the week. Full overnight closures of the M18 across the viaduct will then be required this weekend to install traffic management, with clearly-signed diversion routes in place via the exit and entry slip roads at junction 2. Similar full closures will be required to remove the traffic management at the end of the scheme.

For up to date traffic and journey planning information, contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer

Published 24 February 2014