The Highways Agency have released a video update of the work being carried out on the M62 - just a fortnight after a Courier readers branded the congestion on the motorway as being worse than ever.
The video highlights the work currently being done to build the region’s first managed motorway.
The Agency say they have produced the YouTube film in response to comments from the public about the progress of the work.
Two weeks ago an online poll on the Courier website saw 96 per cent of respondants vote that the motorway was worse now than it has ever been.
The short video aims to address the most commonly-asked questions about the scheme, which is currently under construction on the M62 between Brighouse and Rothwell.
It features key members of the Highways Agency’s construction team describing what the work involves and when the new motorway is due to open. The team also explains the scale of the work required and the number of people working on the project and what the benefits to road users will be once the project is completed.
Highways Agency project manager David Pilsworth said: “We are always happy to receive feedback about the scheme, and we do listen carefully to the comments and questions we receive regularly from the media and public.
“We hope this film helps to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get. For example, drivers often ask why they can’t see many people working on the road. In the film, we explain that although we have more than 400 people working on the project, they are spread out across a combined 30 miles of motorway – so won’t always be visible. There is also a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work taking place to install, connect and test the new technology that will form a vital part of the new motorway, and this makes up more than two-thirds of the total work on the project.”
David added: “We do understand the frustration that large roadworks projects such as this can cause, but we hope road users have a greater understanding of the work we’re doing, what they need to do when driving through our roadworks, such as driving within the speed limit and having enough fuel to reduce the risk of their vehicle breaking down, and the ultimate benefits that the new motorway will bring.”
Work to build the new managed motorway between junctions 25 and 30 started in October 2011 and is continuing to make good progress, with more than fifty per cent of the project delivered. Once completed, road users will have extra road space through using the hard shoulder as a traffic lane, and variable speed limits will help control traffic flow – resulting in reduced congestion and more reliable journey times.
A total of 36 new overhead gantries – which will house electronic signs used to display variable speed limits to manage traffic flows and reduce congestion – have now been installed, and work to upgrade a further 16 existing gantries to the same standard is due to be completed by early January, subject to weather conditions.
In order for this work to be completed safely, there are currently overnight carriageway closures on weeknights from 8pm to 6am between junctions 28 (Tingley) and 29 (Lofthouse), with only one carriageway closed at a time. The motorway is also closed in both directions on most Saturday nights between junctions 29 and 30, from 8pm to 9am. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place.
The scheme is due to be opened in phases from Spring 2013, with the motorway fully operational by October 2013.
If any road users have questions or feedback for the team, they can contact the Highways Agency Information Line on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 123 5000.