After a successful two year trial installation of USL's BRITFLEX BEJ
systems to replace one of the existing failed joints on the
clockwise carriageway a decision was made by AOne + (Maintaining
Authority) to replace all joints in their entirety to both
carriageways with USL's BRITFLEX
BEJ expansion joint system (HA Type 6, elastomeric in
The constraints of the contract necessitated that all work on
the bridge would be undertaken within a specified 3 month period
programmed to minimise disruption to the travelling public en route
to the adjacent Trafford Shopping Centre, a major retail and
leisure facility on the outskirts of Manchester, UK.
Effective programme management meant only one carriageway was
affected at any one time, by utilising overnight lane closures
between the hours of 22.00 and 05.00, seven nights a week, with a
single lane open to traffic and a 50mph speed restriction in place
for the safety of drivers and the road workers.
Project in Brief
The overall programme was dictated by the requirement to reduce
the structural air gap at Joint G an existing large HA type 5
movement joint over the centre span of the bridge.
This required careful and detailed methology to remove the
existing joint, fix temporary plates and install new stainless
steel cantilever plates bolted to the deck either side of the joint
gap to allow eventual installation of a BRITFLEX BEJ/13
expansion joint system.
USL successfully installed 36 BRITFLEXBEJ
expansion joints over both carriageways of Barton Bridge, between
junctions 10 and 11 on the M60.
Key to delivering of the whole project was to meet the Highways
Agency's requirements to minimise disruption to the travelling
public by undertaking the works only utilising overnight lane
closures. This was achieved by resourcing the job accordingly by
utilising 5 no. joint installation crews for the duration of the
contact to meet the demanding programme requirements. All works
were completed on time and in budget.