The smart motorway project on the M60 and M62 around Manchester has been delayed with the original December completion date being pushed back until next summer.
ITV News reports that Highways England has admitted that the M60 project delayed until the summer and the M62 work will not be finished until December, explaining that the project had taken longer than expected “due to its complexity, keeping lanes open for drivers in the day and other issues including relocating unexpected utility pipes and extra maintenance work.”
Jon Stokes, senior project manager at Highways England, told the channel, “We will be able to begin a phased opening of the new smart motorway scheme this autumn – benefiting the 180,000 drivers who use the route every day.
“When the smart motorway is complete, drivers will be able to travel in an extra lane on the M62 and variable speed limits will keep traffic moving at a steady speed – tackling the stop/start conditions and tailbacks caused by sudden braking.
“Nearly 600 people are currently working to complete the project and we will open each section along the route as soon as possible.”