Safer barriers installed in motorway upgrade
The final phase of work to install new, safer central reservation barriers along a stretch of the M6 is set to begin as part of an upgrade of the motorway.
The steel central reservation is being replaced with new concrete safety barriers along 17 miles of the motorway in Staffordshire which is being upgraded to increase capacity and introduce the latest technology.
Concrete barriers are safer for motorists as they help prevent ‘cross-over’ accidents when vehicles go onto the opposite carriageway and also, therefore, mean fewer lane closures for repairs.
They are replacing steel barriers between junctions 13 (Stafford) and 15 (Stoke) as part of the ongoing upgrade which will see the hard shoulder turned into an extra traffic lane to help keep traffic flowing more smoothly and ensure more reliable journeys.
Work to install the concrete central reservation barriers between junctions 15 and 14 was completed in June.
In early May teams started to dismantle the steel barrier, excavate the centre of the motorway and install additional drainage between junctions 14 and 13. Now work can begin installing the concrete barrier along this second phase.
As part of the work a number of overnight closures will be required between junctions 13 to 14 on the following dates and times:
- From Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September (southbound only) 9pm to 6am
- From Friday 6 September to Tuesday 10 September (northbound only) 9pm to 6am
Diversions along the a449 and Stone Road will be clearly signposted.
In addition, the M6 will also need to be closed for a number of nights between junctions 12 to 13 to give the construction team access to the central reservation at junction 13.
The closures between junctions 12 and 13 will take place:
- From Monday 2 September to Thursday 5 September (southbound only) 9pm to 6am
- From Wednesday 11 September to Thursday 12 September (northbound only) 9pm to 6am
During the closure, the A449 will be used as a temporary diversion route.
Highways England Smart Motorway Project Sponsor Peter Smith said:
“Installing the concrete central reservation barriers is an important part of this motorway upgrade which will ultimately improve journeys for people using this road as well as giving drivers better information to help with their journeys while maintaining high levels of safety.
“We only close the motorway when absolutely necessary and do so overnight when we know there are fewer cars and it is safer to do so.
“However, we do understand that the diversions may cause some disturbance for people living near those routes and appreciate their patience while this important work takes place.”
The resurfacing and fitting the new barrier should be completed along this stretch by early 2020.
More information about the motorway upgrade is available on the scheme page.