M23 roadworks

Work to upgrade the safety barriers on a 2.2-mile section of the M23 between the M25 and Gatwick Airport gets underway today, 26 September 2011.

During the works, lane 3 of the will be motorway closed in both directions and three narrow lanes with a 50mph speed limit will be available to traffic – vehicles will be directed to use the hard shoulder.

Peter Phillips, Highways Agency route manager for West Sussex, said: “This section of cable barrier has reached the end of its maintainable life. Concrete barriers are immensely strong, and significantly reduce the risk of a vehicle crossing over from one carriageway to the other, improving safety and reducing the duration of incident-related congestion. They are also virtually maintenance free and will last twice as long as normal metal barriers.”

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