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Safety improvements for M53 users

Written by: Neil

Motorists planning to use the M53 in Merseyside over the coming months are advised of possible delays as a result of a new £2.8 million project to boost the future safety of travellers in the area.

Beginning on February 5th, a 16-week programme of works will see the removal of existing narrow lanes and the painting of new road markings and the renewal of two motorway bridges at junction 2 of the M53 at Moreton, west of Birkenhead.

The scheme will ensure the future safety of all travellers in the area, as renewal of the structures is essential and has been called for by the local community for some time. The existing entry and exit slip road bridges have weakened with age and a temporary weight limit of 7.5 tonnes was introduced for each in 2011.

Efforts are now being made though to remove these restrictions, with the route to benefit from this important project and be open to all traffic once more later this year.

Highways Agency project sponsor Louise Baxendale said: "We are delivering on a promise we made to local people to resolve the long-running issue and re-open the junction to all traffic and restore two lanes and the hard shoulder to the slip roads.

"Needless to say, there will be some disruption to journeys while we carry out the work but we have been working closely with partners like Wirral Council, Merseytravel and the police to agree timings and suitable diversion routes."

A temporary 50 mph speed limit is to remain in effect for all road users in the area for the duration of the improvement works, with agency engineers working in close to active lanes of traffic.

It is therefore imperative all road users have their wits about them at all times and follow any roadside instructions carefully so as to safeguard the lives of individuals working at the site.


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