The installation of three more “superspan” gantries crossing whole sections of the M60 and M62 Manchester smart motorway project gets underway today (Thursday 2 June).
Contractors for Highways England are installing 3 giant overhead gantries, which will carry message and variable speed limit signs.
The next two superspan gantries will be erected across the M62, between junction 19 at Heywood and junction 20 at Rochdale.
The gantries – which will span both the eastbound and westbound carriageways of the motorway – are up to 59 metres wide, weigh up to 78 tonnes and will require a special 500 tonne crane to help install them as well as full overnight motorway closures in both directions.
Highways England project manager Stef Wilson said, “We started work on installing the new gantries last month and it’s going smoothly. It’s a very big job that calls for night closures in both directions, but then they’re very big structures. You really get a sense of their size when they are on the ground waiting to go up.
“We’re in quite an intensive phase of the project just now with a programme of overnight closures, so it’s important for people who use the motorway at night to plan their journeys.”