Safety work to start on M62 between Brighouse and Huddersfield

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Work aimed at boosting safety on the M62 between Brighouse and Huddersfield starts on Monday.

Work to boost safety along the M62 around Huddersfield in West Yorkshire will get underway on Monday (26 November).

The two-month £1.276m Highways Agency project, which is due to be completed by the end of January 2013, will see a length of the steel central reservation barrier between junctions 24 and 25 replaced with a concrete barrier.

The agency says the new concrete barrier is stronger and more robust - reducing the risk of vehicles involved in accidents crossing from one side of the motorway to the other and improving the safety of road users and road workers.

The concrete barrier is also unlikely to require repairs after a vehicle impact.

Overnight lane closures along the route – between 10pm and 5am each night – will be taking place during the first week as preparations for the scheme take place.

A signed diversion will be in place during planned full closures. During the rest of the project, the motorway will remain open using narrowed lanes except when some limited overnight lane closures will be needed when again a signed diversion will be in place.

At all times a speed reduction to 50mph, backed by safety cameras, will be in place for the safety of motorway users as well as road workers.

Highways Agency project manager Alan Apps said: “This barrier replacement scheme will increase safety on this busy stretch of the M62 between Huddersfield and Brighouse.

“To minimise the impact on road users while allowing this important work to go ahead, we have carefully planned the traffic management and timing of the work in conjunction with the work to install managed motorways between junctions 25 and 30.

“Safety is our top priority and for the safety of road users and road workers we encourage all drivers to drive carefully past the work, keeping within the speed limit, and concentrating on the road ahead.”