M62 Reopens Across The Pennines
The M62 between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire re-opened in the early hours of this morning and this trans-Pennine route is now fully open.
Once wind speeds dropped below 60mph and it was safe to do so, Highways England was able to reopen the road in both directions at 2.25am this morning.
Highways England has been constantly monitoring wind speeds over Rakewood viaduct since wind speeds peaked at 93mph on Thursday night. Crews of gritting teams have been spreading salt on the motorway to keep it free from ice so that the motorway was ready to be opened as soon as wind speeds allowed.
Andrew Charnick, Emergency Planning Manager at Highways England, said:
“We’ve been working throughout the night to reopen the road as soon as it was safe to do so and we would like to thank drivers for their patience. The weather remains wintery over the Pennines and we ask drivers to take extra care and drive to the conditions.”
Further information about the latest conditions on the roads can be found by visiting http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by following Highways’ England’s regional Twitter feeds at @HighwaysNWEST and @HighwaysYORKS.
M62 Reopens Across The Pennines, 3rd March 2018, 9:41 AM