M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway

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Scheme Outline

Scheme details

Timescale
December 2015-March 2018
Status
Under construction
Type
Upgrade to existing road under motorway restrictions
Cost
£ 192-247m
Authority
Highways England
Region: North West
Finance
Central Government
Length
30 km
18 miles

Upgrade of the M6 to Smart Motorway between junctions 16 and 19, in order to create a smoother flow of traffic and thus reduce congestion.

As well as variable speed limits, this is a full conversion to All-Lane-Running (turning the hard shoulder into a permanent fourth running lane) with only Emergency Refuge Areas provided instead.

This scheme replaces the earlier M6 J13-19 Smart Motorway scheme, which was withdrawn in 2014.

Works will initially be at the northern end of the scheme, before spreading south.

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Progress

5 November 2015 According to Highways England, initial survey work has now started, with some overnight lane closures planned during November. Major works (and associated temporary speed limits) are not expected until 2016.
6 November 2015 Work site under construction off the A5022 before Brindley Green Farm.
2 December 2015 "Average Speed Check" cameras have now been installed next to the road, in preparation for the main works starting. National Speed Limit is still in place and cameras are not yet in use as work has not yet started.
24 December 2015 A 50mph speed limit is now in force north of Knutsford services, as initial works appear to be underway.
17 February 2016 The main phase of construction is scheduled to start on 26 February 2016, it was announced today. The first section to be tackled is an 8-mile stretch between J18 and Knutsford Services.
8 September 2016 Initial works, narrow lanes and the 50mph speed limit have now spread as far south as J17. Much of the permanent central barrier has now been totally removed between J18 and J19.
20 April 2017 Work to replace the central barrier with a concrete version (and associated resurfacing work) is now complete between J17 and J19. Work on this northern section has now moved to the hard shoulder, where redundant matrix signs are being removed and Emergency Refuge Areas are now in varying stages of construction. Between J17 and J16 the old central barrier has now been totally removed and work to install the new concrete one continues.

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More information

Official website
Highways England: M6 Junctions 16-19 Smart Motorway

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Other schemes on the M6

CBRD also has details on the following road schemes happening on the M6.

With thanks to David Peek, Fraser Mitchell and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 20 April 2017.