M60 junction 8 to M62 junction 20Recently updated

Improving the M60 by making it a smart motorway between junction 8 of the M60 and junction 20 of the M62.

Region:  North West
Start date:  July 2014
Cost:  £208.3 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  End of September 2017
Programme:  Smart Motorways

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Progress report

Work is progressing well. We are on track to open junctions 18 and 20 by the end of September 2017. The remaining sections will be open by the end of the year. Over 350 road workers are building the smart motorway.

We have installed 9 gantries along the route. They will display electronic signs to help manage traffic flows. They are “superspan” gantries - they cross the whole road, weigh up to 78 tonnes and measure up to 60 metres across.

Now we are working in the central reservation between junctions 18 and 20 of the M62, installing cabling and ducting that will help to power and control the smart motorway. We will work on this in phases, moving further down the route from spring 2017 onwards.

Help us by checking your tyres and petrol level before you travel. During the first 30 months of our project we’ve had to recover 11009 vehicles! This includes:

  • 1981 vehicles that had punctures
  • 843 vehicles that ran out of fuel
  • 59 vehicles that had the wrong fuel in

What next?

We will need to use extended overnight closures between several junctions so we can work on longer stretches of the route each night. During these closures, we are:

  • upgrading existing gantries
  • repairing drainage to prevent flooding, improving driving conditions
  • installing fixed signs to provide more information to our customers
  • replacing some of the existing cable network, providing a system to help prevent metal theft

You’ll see new electronic signs in use for the first time. These rely on smartphone data to give drivers live times for diversions during road closures.

Timeline

Date Event
July 2014 Main construction work begins
September 2017 Extra lane opens and roadworks removed from M62 (junctions 18 and 20)
End of 2017 Main construction work completed and roadworks removed from M60 (junctions 8 to 18)

Why we need this scheme

This road forms an important part of the main east-west transport corridor, linking Merseyside and greater Manchester with Yorkshire and the Humber.

This route also serves both national and international traffic movements, forming part of Euro Route 22, which links Siberia to Dublin. It is also an important local route connecting conurbations within the Greater Manchester district.

This route is used by over 180,000 vehicles per day. It suffers from heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times, especially during peak periods.

This project started as 3 individual schemes, but has been re-assessed a number of times. The result is a combined scheme approach covering the whole “corridor” between M60 junction 8 and M62 junction 20. This route is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and has 11 junctions along the route.

Aims

Implementing smart motorways on the M60 in Greater Manchester will reduce congestion and make journeys more reliable. This in turn creates economic benefits for the region and the country as a whole.

The first smart motorway scheme (known then as a managed motorway) opened to traffic on the M42 motorway in 2006. Analysis of the data gathered since opening has found that journey reliability improved by 22 per cent.

In addition, personal injury accidents have reduced by more than half since hard shoulder running was introduced. There was also an overall reduction in the severity of accidents with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M66 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M66 northbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:20 am
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:39 am
Location : The M66 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M66 southbound exit slip at junction . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M66 southbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J18 and J20 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:26 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:26 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:26 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:26 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:03 on 27 March 2017 to 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 8:04 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise at junction J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M602 westbound exit slip at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 1 April 2017 to 06:00 on 2 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 2:11 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 1 April 2017 to 06:00 on 2 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 12:19 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 12:19 pm
Location : The M602 eastbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 31 December 2017.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:28 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise entry slip at junction J11 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:27 pm

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