M3 junctions 9 to 14 - update
Update M3 between junctions 9 and 14.
Last month the Government published its response to the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry into the roll out and safety of smart motorways.
That response included a commitment to pause the rollout of future all lane running (ALR) smart motorway schemes until a full five years’ worth of safety and economic data is available from upgrades delivered before 2020.
The M3 junctions 9 to 14 upgrade is one of the schemes being paused.
During the pause, we will continue to make sure all existing ALR smart motorways are equipped with best-in-class technology and resources and are as safe as they can possibly be.
In terms of the junction 9-14 stretch of the M3, we intend to upgrade the existing central reservation barrier from steel to concrete, which will deliver safety benefits. This is the only work we’ll be doing as the rest of the upgrade is subject to the pause.
Last year we started early preparatory work on the junction 9-14 stretch and that work is still needed before we can start on just the barrier upgrade.
So, from 7 February we’ll be resuming the preparation work, which’ll involve minor verge, drainage, and cabling work. These activities are all essential because traffic will be using the existing hard shoulder while we work in the central reservation.
If you have any questions about the M3 junction 9 to 14 project, please contact National Highways by:
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