Final road surfacing begins
January was spent completing preseal works all along the motorway, in preparation for final surfacing. Old lighting foundations and redundant services have been removed, barriers moved and final ducting installed.
Final surfacing works will begin on the southbound lanes in early February. Weather and construction issues permitting, final surfacing on the northbound lanes will begin in early March.
The final surfacing will be completed using EMOGPA – epoxy-modified open grade porous asphalt - a longer-lasting modern road surface that reduces road noise and water spray.
The more-durable EMOGPA surface is expected to last up to 30 years, four to five times longer than standard asphalt products. This will mean less disruption to road users for maintenance and resurfacing activities, and much better long-term value.
Residents will notice a distinct reduction in the noise made by passing traffic once the EMOGPA is laid.
Final lane marking will be completed after the EMOGPA has been laid.