Work to upgrade the M62 between junctions 10 (Croft Interchange at the M6) and junction 12 (Eccles Interchange at the M60) to Smart Motorway standard. This will include the introduction of new technology, with Variable Speed Limits, new traffic sensors and CCTV. Refuge areas will also be installed at regular intervals by the side of the motorway.
The completed works will see the M62 operate All Lane Running throughout this section, meaning that the hard shoulder will be converted to a permanent fourth running lane. It's likely that this fourth lane will be dropped through the M6 interchange.
This scheme is part of the Smart Motorways programme of works.
Temporary signs have gone up on the eastbound side just after Croft Interchange warning that work is due to start imminently.
Variable speed limits are already in place j10-j11 (Eastbound only) as a result of the Ramp Metering scheme installed at Croft last year.
Survey work is underway, but there are no temporary speed limits or other restrictions on traffic yet.
"Average speed check" cameras are now being installed along this stretch - however they are not yet in use and no temporary speed limit has yet been applied.
With the M60 scheme now complete, major work is now beginning on this one instead. A series of overnight closures this week is installing narrow lanes, semi-permanent barriers to protect workers and a blanket 50mph limit in both directions.
Work has started here since summer.
Work to remove the metal crash barriers from the central reservation is now all but complete, and in many areas the ground has been excavated and the lowest level of foundations laid ready for concrete to be poured and form the new rigid concrete barrier. Around two-thirds of the route had already had a concrete central barrier before the work began.
Moving the traffic away from the central barrier means the Eastbound approach to j12 was remodeled over the winter, and this seems to have eased the peak-time queues somewhat. The left two lanes now lead directly onto the M60 clockwise and the resumption of the M62 towards Leeds, with only the right-most lane for M60 (South) and M602 traffic. Before the works began, only traffic in lane 1 would automatically end up on the route towards Leeds.
From the paintwork that has appeared on the eastbound carriageway between j11 and j12 , and an advertised series of overnight closures over the next couple of weeks, it looks as though a contraflow is being set up along this Eastern stretch of the scheme, similar to that on the M6 south of j15 .
The contraflow is currently in operation from J11 to J12 Eastbound.
Another series of overnight closures is being done to extend the contraflow, so it will cover almost the entire distance between j11 and j12. However despite both signs and paintwork indicating lane 3 is only any use for the M602, currently all 3 eastbound lanes can be used to access all routes at j12.
Interestingly, unlike the similar contraflow on the M6 south of j15, semi-permanent street lighting has been installed around the new crossovers. Even more strangely, the contraflow has been created by removing the permanent concrete barrier despite in at least one location there being a steel emergency crossover gate available just a short distance away.
Within the current contraflow area, work to construct the first emergency layby and some other off-carriageway constriction is already well underway.
The contraflow now runs virtually the whole distance between j11 and j12 - and Highways England are warning that major work at j12 will begin in early June to install new gantries. Presumably this work - which will involve shifting eastbound traffic away from the nearside kerb on the approach to the M60 - will introduce the contraflow through j12, meaning the M602 will effectively begin just east of j11, and making all the paintwork and signs warning that lane 3 is only for M602 traffic suddenly more relevant.
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