Overnight closures will begin next week on the M62 between junction 30 and 32 to install new technology, helping to reduce congestion along this section of the motorway.
The Highways Agency is installing Motorway Incident Detection and Automated Signalling (MIDAS) and CCTV technology. MIDAS loops are installed in the carriageway surface and detect traffic flow. Information from these sensors is fed back to the Regional Control Centre allowing Control Room Operators to display the appropriate messages to drivers on the overhead signs.
The work will begin on 6 October and will require overnight closures along sections of the M62 between junction 30 and 32. The overnight closures will be completed by 30 October.
Highways Agency project manager, Tom Howard, said:
This work will allow us to monitor traffic and help provide more information to drivers along this stretch of the M62. In order to minimise disruption to the drivers, the closures have been programmed to run in conjunction with the M1 junction 39 to 42 Smart Motorways bridge waterproofing and resurfacing closures, which are also taking place in October. Closures for both schemes will always take place on opposite carriageways to avoid drivers having to follow multiple diversion routes.
Details of the carriageway closures are as follows:
- M62 Junction 30 to 31 eastbound on 8, 9, 23, 27 and 28 October
- M62 Junction 31 to 30 westbound on 6, 20, 21, 22 and 24 October
- M62 Junction 31 to 32 eastbound on 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 October
- M62 Junction 32 to 31 westbound on 7, 10, 25, 29 and 30 October
All work will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am, with no work scheduled to take place on Sunday evenings. During these planned closures clearly signed diversion routes will be in place. The closures are subject to suitable weather conditions and the scheme website will be kept up to date with the closure details and diversion routes.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
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