Safer, smoother journeys for M180 and M18 drivers

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The Highways Agency will start work on a number of improvements to the M180 and M18 in the coming weeks, aimed at providing safer and smother journeys for drivers.

Work to install new central reservation barriers between junctions 1 and 2 of the M180 will start on Monday 7 October and last up to four weeks. During the work lane three will be closed in each direction and a 50mph speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of road users and the workforce.

In order to install and remove temporary safety barriers – required to maintain safety during the work – it will be necessary to close the eastbound and westbound carriageways overnight for one night only at the beginning and end of the work. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place. During the closures eastbound drivers will exit the M180 at junction 1, take the A18 and A161 and rejoin the M180 at junction 2. Westbound drivers will follow the same route in reverse.

Work to repair the eastbound and westbound carriageways on the M180 between junctions 4 and 5 will take place from 21 to 25 October, overnight between 8pm and 6am. In order to carry out the work safely, the eastbound and westbound carriageways will be closed and clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures.

New concrete central reservation barriers will be installed on the M18 at Waterton Bridge between Junction 4 and 5. Work will begin on 21 October and lane 2 will be closed in both directions, with drivers using the hard shoulder. For safety reasons a 50mph speed limit will be in place and work is due to be completed by 22 December.

Improvement work at Ings Roundabout, M18 junction 5, will also begin from 21 October. The work will involve widening the south east section of the roundabout, installing new traffic signs and improving drainage. The hard shoulder will be closed on the southbound M18 at junction 5 and a 50 mph speed limit will be in place. The work will also require day and night time lane closures on the roundabout and its approaches and exits. The work will be completed by March 2014.

New barriers will be installed on the M180 junction 3 westbound exit slip road overnight between 9 and 20 December, from 8pm to 6am. The work will require overnight closures of the exit slip road. Westbound traffic wishing to exit at junction 3 will continue west on the M180 until junction 2, where it will be diverted on to the eastbound carriageway returning back to junction 3. Advance signing of the closure will be in place east of junction 4 for drivers wishing to use an alternative local route. During the day there will be lane closures on the slip road, drivers will use the hard shoulder and a 50 mph speed limit will be in place.

Work to install new concrete central reservation barriers on the M180 at junction 1, Ings, will also begin on 9 December. During the work lane three will be closed in each direction with drivers using the hard shoulder between the M180 junction 1 and Ings Roundabout. A 50mph speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of road users and the workforce, and the work will be completed by March 2014.

Highways Agency project manager, Steven Wright, said: “These schemes will improve safety on the M180 and M18 in South Yorkshire. We are combining the work in order to minimise the impact on drivers. We advise road users to plan their journeys and ask that they drive carefully through the roadworks and along the diversion routes.”