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Smart motorways progress for M60

Written by: Neil

Considerable progress continues to be made on the rollout of the new smart motorways network for the M60.

With this in mind, the Highways Agency has informed travellers planning to use the route over the coming weeks that several essential overnight closures will be required to install new narrow lanes between the M60 junction 15 at the interchange with the M61 for Bolton and at junction 8 near Sale.

Project manager at the Highways Agency Stephen Greenhalgh commented: "We're doing all we can to keep the impact of the smart motorway work to a minimum and we'll be able to keep all of the lanes open by introducing narrow lanes from next week.

"The closures will be taking place overnight when far fewer people will be using the motorway, so that drivers can continue to travel on the M60 as normal during the day."

He added that the project has now been running for slightly more than six months and considerable progress has already been made in making the route more accessible for travellers and less congested.

Set for completion by the end of autumn 2017, by this time, the new M60 smart motorways network will have seen the installation of almost 90 overhead gantries, 200 state-of-the-art electronic signs to inform road users of traffic conditions and upwards of 1,000 new lighting columns to boost visibility.

It is hoped that all of these improvements will both make journeys safer and more reliable for travellers in the years ahead, while also providing a significant economic boost for the area from smoother traffic flows.


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