MORE motorway misery looms for thousands of drivers.
Safety work on the M62 between Huddersfield and Brighouse will mean closures, diversions and lower speeds in place over the next two months.
Work to boost safety along the M62 around Huddersfield will get underway on Monday.
The two-month £1.2m Highways Agency project will see a length of the steel central reservation barrier between junctions 24 and 25 replaced with a concrete barrier.
From Monday and for the first week only there will be overnight lane closures along the M62 between 10pm and 5am.
The Highways Agency say a signed diversion will be in place.
It could mean motorists are diverted off the M62 and through Rastrick, Fixby, Bradley and either Brighouse or Cooper Bridge before rejoining the M62 at junction 25.
During the rest of the project the motorway is expected to remain open but there will be narrowed lanes.
At all times a speed reduction to 50mph, with safety cameras in operation, will be in place.
However, they Highways Agency does say there may be further limited overnight lane closures during the works if it’s necessary.
The work is due to be completed by the end of January 2013.
Alan Apps, Highways Agency project manager, said: “This barrier replacement scheme will increase safety on this busy stretch of the M62 between Huddersfield and Brighouse.
“To minimise the impact on road users while allowing this important work to go ahead, we have carefully planned the traffic management and timing of the work in conjunction with the work to install managed motorways between junctions 25 and 30.
“Safety is our top priority and for the safety of road users and road workers we encourage all drivers to drive carefully past the work, keeping within the speed limit, and concentrating on the road ahead.”
The Highways Agency say the new concrete barrier will be stronger and more robust – reducing the risk of vehicles involved in accidents crossing from one side of the motorway to the other and improving the safety of road users and road workers.
The concrete barrier is also unlikely to require repairs after a vehicle impact.
Highways Agency staff advise motorists to stick to the speed limit and to avoid keep switching between lanes in a bid to reduce the risk of a crash during roadworks.