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Time lapse video: new M5 motorway bridge installed


The M5 was closed overnight between junctions 13 and 14 on Saturday as a new bridge was lifted into place at Michaelwood Services.

The original 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.

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A 230-tonne crane lifted the new 200ft (61-metre) footbridge into place and during the overnight operation, and the motorway reopened on Sunday.

National Highways Project Manager Adrian Simon said: “Over the weekend, we were keen for the installation to go as smoothly as possible. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, the installation went seamlessly and we were able to open the M5 on schedule, which is a fantastic result.

“Part of a £3.2 million pound replacement project, the new footbridge will enable access between the southbound and northbound areas of the services when it open in early August.”

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