WORK began this week on a £6.5m scheme to ease traffic flows and improve safety at one of West Yorkshire’s busiest motorway junctions.
Alterations will be made to roundabouts at junction 27 of the M62 at Gildersome, where it meets the M621, A62 and A650.
The work will include new traffic lights and widening of some sections to create new lanes.
Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from new cycle paths and traffic light-controlled crossings.
The work will include:
Installation of traffic lights on all the approach roads at both the north and south roundabouts
A new road across the northern roundabout to improve traffic flow.
Widening of some sections of the northern and southern roundabouts from two to three lanes. At present there are places where three lanes converge on to two on the roundabout.
Introduction of a 30mph speed limit around the junction.
Widening of the A62 southbound towards the retail park from two to four lanes.
Installation of new pedestrian crossings and cycleway.
Andrew Brown, Highways Agency project manager, said: “This is one of the busiest and most complex junctions on the region’s motorway network.
“The two roundabouts and the junction, which is used to access the nearby major retail park, currently handle very high volumes of traffic throughout the day and at weekends.
“We will be working closely with our contractors to ensure the work limits any delays to road users.
“Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the day with any lane closures restricted to night-time when traffic flows are lower.”
Work is expected to be completed in late October.