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STEEL NERVE: Workmen are dwarfed by the huge steel bridge that is being built over the M62 motorway.
STEEL NERVE: Workmen are dwarfed by the huge steel bridge that is being built over the M62 motorway.
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WORK to replace the M62 motorway bridge is gathering pace, despite the recent bad weather delaying progress for two weeks.

Last weekend, the first huge steel beams were hoisted into place by cranes during overnight closures to the motorway between junction 25 and 26. Further overnight closures between 8pm and 6am are planned for the next two weeks.

The next phase will be for workers to install a new bridge deck and concrete planks will be installed between steel beams. Ducting will also be completed, the Highways Agency hopes.

Highways Agency project manager Tim Calvert said: “The scheme has been progressing well and we are pleased that this major milestone has been reached. The works are approximately two weeks behind schedule due to the bad weather experienced before Christmas.

“This meant we had to cancel our initial dates for lifting the beams into place. We will be doing everything we can to make up the lost time over the coming months. Every effort is being made to minimise the disruption, to road users and residents.”