Route One Highways has won a £1 million contract to replace expansion joints on the M42 as part of a major re-surfacing works programme.
The company will be working on 13.5km of motorway across three lanes at junctions 2-3 northbound and 3a-2 southbound to repair deteriorated sections of the carriageway as part of the Highways England major roads improvements initiative.
The company’s civil engineering team has only two hours per night, over six days a week, for 10 weeks to complete the repair in order to limit disruption to the 120,000 flow of vehicles that use the motorway daily.
The scope of works involve the assessment of deterioration and vulnerability to concrete joints under the tarmac highway surface, followed by cleaning the area prior to repair with the application of a high movement modified polymer bituminous sealant.
Darryl Taylor, commercial manager at Route One Highways said: “The joint repairs needed are now at 20% more than initially anticipated but we are working hard to complete the additional works without any delays. We are extremely proud to be part of this mammoth scheme to improve the road surface and safety for all who use the M42.”
Meeting the tight timetable of scheduled works Route One will use their highway repair system that features a short curing time allowing the binder and surface courses to be re-laid after around 30 minutes.