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Drivers urged to plan ahead due to overnight motorway closure


National Highways is advising drivers to plan in advance and allow a little extra time for their journeys ahead of Saturday night’s full closure of the M5 in Gloucestershire to enable a new footbridge to be installed at Michaelwood Services.

The installation was due to take place under an overnight closure last Saturday but was postponed due to complications with the galvanising process for the steel bridge span.

The closure will now be in place between 9pm on Saturday, 2 July and 7am on Sunday, 3 July, with further work to fit ramps and stairs programmed under overnight southbound and northbound carriageway closures between 17 July and 20 July.

A 230-tonne crane will be employed to slot the new 200ft (61-metre) footbridge deck into place and during the work, the M5 will be fully closed in both directions between Junction 13 (Stroud) and Junction 14 (Thornbury).

Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the A419 and A38 Bristol Road, and drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys while this essential work is carried out.

National Highways Project Manager Adrian Simon said: “Due to circumstances out of our control, the bridge span wasn’t ready in time for last Saturday’s proposed installation due to galvanising quality issues within the steelwork.

“We’re pleased we’ve been able to reschedule so quickly, we appreciate roadworks are frustrating but we are carrying out this essential work under a number of overnight closures to minimise disruption and we thank all drivers in advance for their co-operation and patience.”

The 40-year-old footbridge spanning the southbound and northbound areas of the services was closed to pedestrians in 2018 and dismantled in early 2020 as part of a National Highways project.

Preparatory work has been ongoing since February as part of a £3.2 million replacement project, and the new footbridge will enable access between the southbound and northbound areas of the services.

Drivers can obtain up-to-the-minute travel information on local radio, the @HighwaysSWEST Twitter feed, by phoning the National Highways Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by accessing the website: www.trafficengland.com

And for more details on National Highways’ work in the South West go to https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/south-west/

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