M62 Junction 7 UpdateMany thanks to the local residents who have emailed and phoned me to enquire about the progress (or otherwise) of this major improvement project. I had stated in an earlier report that the scheme was to finish in October but hopes were high that all could be completed by the end of September. This clearly was not the case but motorists who have to pass the site on a daily basis will have noticed that not much is happening lately.
This is the up-to-date report on the situation given to me by St Helens Engineering Dept:
"Works by the main contractor, Birse Civils Ltd., are now almost complete. It is anticipated that the freeflow link from the St. Helens Linkway onto the Manchester-bound M62 will be opened to traffic on Tuesday 24th Oct. and we hope ( after a long struggle ) to get Highways Agency approval early next week to install ducts on the two M62 off-slips ( ie from Liverpool and Manchester ).
After these works, Birse will be tidying up generally and reinstating the site compound area, but all traffic management measures will be removed. Siemens will have some localised traffic signal works, including slot-cutting on the two off-slips, before all works on the overall scheme have been completed. The traffic signals will then benefit from a very efficient linked MOVA operating system.
The limits of the scheme extended slightly to incorporate resurfacing of additional areas of existing carriageway and footway, the cost of which has been contained within the original budget."