This article describes the role of ws atkins consultants in the planning, design and construction supervision of the climbing lane for the eastbound carriageway of the M62 between junctions 21 and 22 near rochdale. The additional lane was constructed within existing highway boundaries, over a distance of 6 km, and the contract was completed in 38 weeks in 1988. This tight programme was facilitated by (a) the completion of a series of advance contracts before the main contract; (b) the use of precast methods to minimise on-site work; (c) the use of flexible critical path planning to coordinate in-house design, administration and construction; (d) the use of computers in the design, programming, drawing and document production; (e) extensive liaison with all interested parties and careful attention to traffic management. Details are given of improvements made to the stability of slopes in the cuttings, including drainage and the use of geotextile membrane; the upgrading of rakewood bridge using post tensioning to relieve the load; the installation of gabion walling in some cuttings, precast rock catch units, and precast concrete sign/matrix signal gantries. The climbing lane has significantly improved operating conditions and the speed of the eastbound traffic flow, especially for heavy goods vehicles, across the pennines.


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  • Pagination: p. 13-
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  • Accession Number: 00498681
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM