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Highways Agency pledge £800,000 investment to expand M602 motorway between Manchester and Salford

By Glen Keogh

A busy stretch of Manchester motorway is to benefit from an £800,000 Highways Agency investment to improve safety and reduce queuing times.

The two-month project on the M602 into Manchester and Salford, used by 32,000 vehicles every day, will begin next month.

There will be some full eastbound carriageway and lane closures to help complete the project on the key commuter route.

However, motorists are being reassured that most of the work will take place overnight with little impact on drivers’ journeys.

Highways Agency project sponsor Mark Mosley said: “Adding extra capacity into the roundabout approaches will reduce congestion, especially at peak times in the morning and evening, and help to reduce associated accidents – complementing the automatic warning system we have installed along other sections of the M602 in recent years.”

When road closures are in place traffic will be diverted to Junction 2 using the parallel A57 Eccles New Road.

The plans include an extra lane being built on the eastbound carriageway near the end of the motorway on its approaches to Regent Road roundabout at Junction 3.

The motorway will also be widened from two to three lanes between Hodge Lane footbridge and the roundabout, providing extra capacity for traffic heading away from the roundabout along Albion Way towards Liverpool Street and The Crescent.

Preparatory work will begin on Monday February 18 and work is scheduled to be completed by Sunday April 21.

The extra capacity on the approach to Regent Road roundabout is set to reduce queuing and associated ‘shunt’ style accidents.

Picture courtesy of the Highways Agency, with thanks.

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