Eight weeks of roadworks to start on M5
PUBLISHED: 06:32 04 January 2019
Roadworks have begun to repair parts of the M5.
Several weeks of disruption are expected while work to improve the Avonmouth Bridge interchange at junction 18 is carried out.
The project, co-ordinated by Highways England, will begin Saturday and is set to be completed by the end of February.
The organisation says the building work will ensure the road ‘remains safe and reliable for many years to come’.
A spokesman said: “During routine inspections it was discovered that part of the bridge surface had reached the end of its working life and needs replacing to ensure there will be no unplanned closures in the future.”
The eight-week scheme will involve the replacement of the concrete verge, waterproofing and resurfacing on the westbound carriageway.
Work will also include replacing drainage gullies in the kerb and road studs, and marking new white lines.
Highways England is confident the work will see drivers notice a smoother ride in future.
Project manager Maduabuchi Ani, said: “We want the bridge and this section of the M5 to provide reliable journeys for everyone who uses it well into the future and undertaking this work will ensure that.
“Everything is being done to complete the work as quickly as possible and that is why we will be working during the day, every day and overnight.
“We would like to thank everyone who uses this section of the M5 for their patience while we carry out this essential maintenance and we will make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to the absolute minimum.”
While work takes place a single lane will be in use and a temporary 50mph speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and drivers.
Some overnight closures of the M5 will also be required.
Highways England says to carry out the bridge repairs, the route will need to be shut on Saturday, February 7, 20, 26 and 27.
There are already roadworks taking place just north of Bristol, near Cribbs Causeway.