Walters Input to M1/M6 Junction Reconstruction
The end of 2013 saw Skanska and the Highways Agency agree a contract for the reconstruction of M1 Junction 19 with full construction work commencing in January 2014. The contract is worth over £128 million and during 2013 Walters worked closely with Skanska to design and agree an earthworks strategy for this complex project requiring twenty two traffic management phases to enable the junction improvement to be constructed at the intersection of the M1, the M6 and the busy A14.
Currently Junction 19 suffers from heavy traffic congestion and delays with over 142,000 vehicles passing through the junction daily. The junction is important for north/south and east/west traffic movements across the UK and the M6/A14 route is also part of the Ireland UK Benelux Trans-European network.
The scope of works includes the construction of direct free-flow links easing traffic movements at the intersections linking the motorways. The improved junction will be built on three levels, to a height similar to that of the existing junction and the scheme also includes refurbishment works to local roads. The project will lead to improved safety and journey reliability, separating local traffic from long-distance traffic.
The total volume of material required to be moved on the project is approximately 700,000m3, however, sequencing of the works and complex traffic management phasing means that much of the material is multiple handled and lengthy haul distances of 20 kilometres and more are not uncommon.
Final completion of the project is expected during 2016.