M62 Managed Motorways Scheme
Scope of Works:
This 25Km section of the M62 between J25 and J30 suffers from heavy congestion as it has over 140,000 road users per day thus the object of this Managed Motorways scheme is to improve traffic flows along this part of the M62 by reducing congestion, making journey times more reliable and improving safety to the travelling public.
In order to achieve this, the hard shoulder has been improved to allow it to be used as a permanent additional running lane (Controlled All Lane Running) or as an additional running lane during peak periods (Dynamic Hard Shoulder) with the traffic being fully managed by new matrix signs and speed controls. As the majority of the work is in the existing verges, with only the hard shoulder for access, major traffic management schemes are needed to be installed to provide a safe working area to construct the works.
Requirements consist of:
- Liaison and coordination with multiple section teams working at various points within the bounds of the scheme
- Co-ordination with permanent road marking and Varioguard providers (both engaged directly by the JV) to ensure that TM installs, phase changes and removals run smoothly
- Comprehensive handover between day and night shifts
- Liaison with Yorkshire police, other emergency services and vehicle recovery provider following RTCs within the extent of the works
- Simultaneous installation and co-joining of closures to create 10km long continuous off peak night time lane closures and full motorway shut downs
- Active participation in the JV’s ‘Beyond Zero’ and 100% safety behavioral safety initiatives
- Provision of TM drawings at short notice to accommodate fast track changes to work scope
- Daily liaison with Site Team to ensure timely closing and opening of multiple works accesses
Performance highlights include:
- Zero RIDDORS in over 150,000 man hours worked
- 70,000 carriageway crossings saved in line with HA ‘Aming for Zero’ through use of the collaboratively created 5 Point Plan:
The Integrated M62 team, has paved the way for better road worker safety by becoming the first major project in the country to deliver the Zero Carriageway Crossings procedures. These procedures were first introduced in September 2011 (it was also the first time it was used on a Highways Agency major project) to minimise the risk of traffic management operatives being injured by motorway traffic whilst installing, maintaining or dismantling traffic management equipment.
The Five Point Plan for Zero Carriageway Crossings
The plan has five key strategies:
- Mobile lane closures for deployment of remote controlled signs - the use of Type 12C mobile closures using Impact Protection Vehicles for the initial placement of all central reserve signage. This eliminates the need for carriageway crossings to erect and dismantle temporary traffic signs in the central reserve at the start and completion of each programmed phase.
- Remote controlled signs for lane closures - the use of Morelock prismatic lane closure and narrow lane advance signs which are solar powered and can be operated remotely. These signs eliminate the need for road workers to adjust narrow lane signage when installing off peak lane lane closure modifications. In addition to advance lane closure signs, signs within the “static traffic management” have been adapted and made remote controlled (see photo).This is new and saves crossing M62 carriageway to adjust signs to indicate the changes to the traffic management layout.
- Fixings to manage reactive crossings during high winds - a new Britpave product has been adapted by Morelock Signs to fix signage in the central reservation which will save reactive carriageway crossings by road workers during inclement weather. It is the first time this product has been used in a traffic management scheme.
- Permanent sign poles deployed in the central reservation - the M62 Managed Motorway currently has all repeater signs on poles within the soft verge central reservation. This innovative strategy is saving reactive road crossings during inclement weather as there are no sign frames or sandbags.
- Straight lane one and two lane closures - using only direct one and two lane closure where possible reduces risks significantly as the installation and removal of tapers in lanes 3 or 4 of the motorway has always been a hazardous operation which have resulted in fatal collisions involving operatives and Impact Protection Vehicles.
The 5 point plan detailed above has been recognized as leading industry best practice; receiving prestigious awards including:
- 2013 CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) Health and Safety at Work Award
- 2013 Highways Agency Supplier Recognition Scheme
- 2013 Yorkshire and Humber Construction Excellence Award
- Dave Todd, Traffic Management Manager BmJV…. “Following an extensive bid / quality submission for M62 J25-J30 managed motorways in July 2011, Chevron aligned to what BAM Morgan Sindall expected, in both safety of workforce and commercial management. Nine months later Chevron have delivered 'what they said' and more, by exceeding expectations”
- Area 12 Road Space Team…. “I have dealt with Chevron a lot on the M62 and various other works and would like to thank you for all your help and continuous support. I know that if I have any issues or queries, I can call anytime and things will get sorted asap”