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£640,000 project to upgrade “hot spot” motorway junction


COUNCIL chiefs at Warrington will be asked next week to award a construction contract for major improvement works at Junction 9 on the M62 at Winwick.
The decision will be made at a private session of the borough council’s executive board on Monday.
Three firms are bidding for the 16-week contract – and officers are proposing to accept the lowest cost tenderer.
The junction, with the A49, has been identified as a “hot spot” for traffic congestion which is in need of both modernising and upgrading to incorporate the latest communication technology, according to a report to be presented to the board by Cllr Hans Mundry, (pictured) lead member for transportation.
Traffic signals immediately to the north of the junction, at the junction of the A49 Newton Road with Delph Lane, were upgraded in 2017-18 to provide better co-ordination between the two junctions and introduce an improved method of control.
The signals current operate inflexible fixed time plans which provide limited co-ordination with the adjacent junction so an upgrade of Junction 9 will great improve its operation efficiency and the overall efficiency of the northern section of the A49 corridor.
If the contract is awarded this month, construction work should be able to start on February 11 with the scheme completed on May 31.
Estimated cost of the complete upgrade is £640,000


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