Now that’s shifting – resurfacing record set on M6

M6 roadworks near Leyland
M6 roadworks near Leyland
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A record-breaking amount of motorway resurfacing was carried out in Lancashire during a trial by Highways England.

More than 1,100 tonnes of road surface were laid in one night – four times higher than during an average resurfacing shift.

A single crew from contractors Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald carried out the work on a two-mile stretch of the M6 between junctions 28 and 27 near Leyland last month.

A total of 13,200 square metres of tarmac was laid in a single night – enough to cover the equivalent of 2 football pitches.

The project involved 25 workers each night and took place over two nights, with all of the preparation work taking place on a Friday night including planing off the existing road surface and repairing deep cracks and potholes.

A lane closure was kept in place during the day on the Saturday to protect the unfinished road surface and meant crews could focus entirely on laying the new 50mm deep tarmac on the Saturday night.

The normal method of working would have required workers to be out on the motorway for 7 nights to allow small sections of the carriageway to be repaired and resurfaced each night.

John Lyssejko, Project Manager at Highways England, said: “We’re keen to do things differently, maintain high standards and reduce the impact on drivers and this new method of working ticks every box.

“Everyone worked really hard on the planning and on the night to make it work, and the response has been very positive. Now we know how well it works, and we are confident that we can maintain safety, we can start to look to use the method elsewhere on the network.”