Procured from a pool of specialist contractors under the Highway
Agency's industry leading Construction Management Framework this
project was the culmination of a five year, £30m refurbishment and
improvement programme on one of the busiest stretches of motorway
After a 'Whole Life' Cost exercise was undertaken for the UK
Highways Agency by Maintaining Authority Amey Mouchel (Area 9 MAC).
A decision was made to replace all problematic asphaltic plug
joints (HA Type 2) on the Midlands Link Motorway viaduct with USL's
expansion joint system (HA Type 6). The BRITFLEX BEJ
system was chosen because of its key performance characteristics
- Rapid on site assembly
- Minimal disruption to traffic
- Minimised future maintenance costs
The design and procurement team developed a sustainable,
economical solution whilst significantly reducing the impact on the
This met the Highway's Agency requirements to minimise traf fic
congestion during the works by maintaining three lanes in each
direction except in off peak hours.
Whist this necessitated the construction and later removal of
contraflow enabling works, the 3.5km of four lane bituminous
inlay, safety fencing and street lighting and the removal of 183
expansion joints to be replaced with the BRITFLEX BEJ/5
joint system was completed in six weeks.
The joint installation required resources from USL for 24 hours
on each and every project day utilising 12 joint installation crews
per shift to meet the stringent programme demands. The whole
project was completed on time and in budget.