Work is underway on a £15 billion upgrade to add a fourth lane to South Yorkshire’s M1 motorway.
Over 100,000 drivers a day are expected to use the former hard shoulder between junctions 34 - Meadowhall/Rotherham - and 35a - for A616 Stocksbridge bypass - as part of a smart motorway bid to increase capacity and make journeys safer.
Variable speed limits are operating, to keep motorists moving along the 10.5 mile stretch, while overhead electronic signs are also designed to help prevent queuing and keep drivers informed about their journey ahead . Emergency refuge areas will provide safe places in case of vehicle breakdowns.
Next week speeds will be limited as technology is calibrated. Roadworks and 50mph speed restriction will remain between junctions 32 for M18 and junction 34 while work continues before expected completion next year.