Drivers will soon be able to benefit from smoother journeys on a 5 mile stretch of the M62 near Rochdale following work to repair potholes.
Highways England needs to close sections of the motorway overnight between junction 18, where the M62 meets the M60 and M66, and junction 20 at Rochdale to resurface potholes and cracks in the carriageway which have developed during the winter.
Only one side of the motorway will be affected during each night, and there will be no overnight closures at weekends. The closures will take place between 10pm and 5am during the next 2 weeks.
Drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes when stretches of the motorway are closed.
John Lyssejko, Project Manager at Highways England, said:
We’ll be carrying out the resurfacing work overnight to fix the potholes and cracks that have developed on the M62 during the winter.
Anyone who has recently driven along the stretch of motorway past Rochdale will have noticed that the road needs to be resurfaced and this work will result in smoother and safer journeys for drivers.
We’ll be closing short stretches of the motorway overnight, Monday to Friday, at times when the motorway is at its quietest. The motorway is also due to be reopened by 5am, well ahead of the morning peak period.
The closures are due to take place on the following dates, although they may be postponed if heavy rain is forecast:
- M62 westbound, junctions 20 to 19: Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Wednesday 16 March
- M62 eastbound, junctions 19 to 20: Thursday 10 and Thursday 17 March
- M62 eastbound, junctions 18 to 20: Friday 11 March
- M62 eastbound, junctions 18 to 19: Monday 14 March
- M62 westbound, junctions 19 to 18: Tuesday 15 March
The resurfacing work is taking place on the part of the M62 currently being upgraded to a smart motorway. The hard shoulder is being permanently converted to an extra lane between junctions 18 and 20, and variable speed limits will also be used to keep traffic moving when the smart motorway goes live in autumn next year.
More details on the smart motorway scheme are available on the website.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.