M3 Smart Motorway: Motorists facing week of night-time closures as £174m scheme works continue

February 26, 2017
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Motorists have been warned over further disruption on the M3 as night closures are set to continue next week.

M3 junctions 2 to 4A, including routes to the M25 and Farnborough, will be closed overnight from Monday (February 27) to Friday (March 3).

The ongoing closures are part of the £174 million Smart Motorway scheme, which is due to finish in four months’ time.

So what’s going on this week then? And how best can I avoid any disruption in the area?

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M3 Smart Motorway

M3 Southbound

The southbound carriageway between junction 2 and junction 4A will be closed between 8pm and 5.30am from Monday (February 27) to Friday (March 3).

This includes the M25 junction 12 entry slip to the M3 southbound and M25 junction 12 anticlockwise link road to the M3 southbound, affecting junctions 2, 3 and 4 entry slip roads and junctions 3, 4 and 4A exit slips.

Diversion routes include:

  • M3 southbound junction 2 to M25 junction 13 via A30 to A327 to M3 junction 4A
  • M25 clockwise junction 13 via A30 to A327 to M3 junction 4A
  • M25 anticlockwise junction 13 via A30 to A327 to M3 junction 4A

M3 Northbound / London-bound

The M3 Smart Motorway scheme is due to finish in four months

The northbound carriageway between junction 4A and 2 will also be closed between 8pm and 5.30am from Monday (February 27) to Friday (March 3).

This will affect junction 4A, 4 and 3 entry slip roads, junction 3 exit slip and the M3 junction 2 slip road to the M25 clockwise.

The M3 junction 2 link road to M25 anticlockwise will also be closed.

Traffic will be diverted via the M3 junction 4A to A327 to A30 to M25 junction 13 to M3 junction 2 northbound.

Junctions 3 and 2 will be closed for slightly longer on Friday (March 3) between 8pm and 7am.

This will affect motorists travelling on the junction 3 entry slip and M3 junction 2 slip road to the M25 clockwise.

The M3 junction 2 link road to M25 anticlockwise will also be closed.

A diversion route will be clearly signed, directing traffic to M3 junction 3 to A322 to A30 to M25 junction 13 to M3 junction 2 northbound.

M3 overnight weekend closures

See scenes from M3 bridge demolition weekend

The M3 junction 2 northbound slip road to the M25 clockwise and the link road to the M25 anticlockwise will be closed over the weekend between 9pm Friday (March 3) and 5.30am Monday (March 6).

Traffic will be diverted via three routes:

  • M3 junction 2 northbound slip road to M25 junction 12 clockwise – leave the M3 northbound at junction 4. Follow the A331/A31/A3 and then join the M25 at junction 10
  • M3 junction 2 northbound (Heathrow) – leave the M3 at junction 3. Follow the A322 to A329M on to the M4 to junction 4B where you can join the M25 at junction 15
  • M3 junction 2 northbound (Gatwick) to the anticlockwise M25 – continue on the M3 northbound to junction 1, then using the roundabout turn around and re-join the M3 at junction 1 southbound to the M3 junction 2 to the M25 anticlockwise.

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will also be imposed on both carriageways between junctions 2 and 4A. A free recovery service will be operating in the area 24 hours a day.

Highways England said the Smart Motorway scheme, which will see a full-depth resurfacing of the carriageway, will ‘reduce congestion and improve journey times.’

For full details of the M3 Smart Motorway works in your area, visit the Highways England website .

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/m3-smart-motorway-motorists-facing-12652054


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