Friday, July 18, 2014

News: M18 improvements ahead

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A Highways Agency project to install new technology on the M18 between junction 0 and junction 3 near Rotherham and Doncaster will begin later this month.

The £5.5m project involves installing new motorway incident detection and automated signalling (MIDAS) loops in the carriageway. These loops allow the traffic flow on the motorway to be monitored and the technology will automatically set signs to warn drivers of slow moving traffic. This information, which is also fed back to the Agency's regional control centre in Wakefield, will help protect the back of slow-moving traffic from rear-end collisions, reducing the number of accidents and associated delays, and improve safety and the flow of traffic.

The aims of the project are to help to reduce congestion; make journey times more reliable; improve safety, enhance access to surrounding areas and benefit the economy.

Funding has come from the Government's "pinch point" fund that has also supported Rotherham schemes on the M1 at Catcliffe, the Parkway to Waverley and at Pool Green roundabout on the edge of the town centre.

The M18 project will affect 10.5 miles of the motorway from the interchange with the M1 at Thurcroft to junction 3 at Potteric Carr. The work, scheduled to last until spring 2015, will mainly be carried out during off-peak hours between 8pm and 6am, although there will be night time lane closures and 50mph speed restriction in place for safety reasons.

Roger Wantling, service delivery team leader at the Highways Agency, said: "Once the scheme is complete, the extra technology in place will improve road safety and reduce congestion and delays. During the work we advise drivers to check local traffic conditions and leave extra time for their journeys if necessary."

A £6m project is planned to widen the northbound carriageway of the M18 between junction 2 and junction 3 to reduce congestion and improve access to Doncaster and to the £28m FARRRS (Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme) Link Road servicing Robin Hood Airport and the proposed development site at Rossington.

Highways Agency website

Images: IPort Doncaster

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