Press release

M5 near Gloucester closed overnight for start of major bridgeworks

Drivers are advised narrow lanes will be introduced on a one mile section of the M5 at junction 13 next week, as part of a £4.7 million maintenance scheme for Stroudwater Interchange bridges.

Three narrow lanes will start to be installed on the southbound carriageway overnight on Monday 4 January 2016 and will take approximately 2 weeks to install.

The lanes will remain on both carriageways until the completion of the scheme in August 2016. A temporary 50mph speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of our workers and drivers.

Project Manager, Dave Frampton said:

This is a substantial programme of essential maintenance that will help to keep this section of the M5 safe and reliable for many years to come.

Work includes structural repairs to weakened bridge piers and foundations, and refurbishment of the bridge decks including replacing damaged waterproofing layers, replacement of bridge joints and resurfacing.

We are doing everything we can to minimise disruption during the scheme and that is why the vast majority of the work is being carried out while 3 lanes remain open north and southbound. We would advise drivers to allow slightly longer to complete their journeys.

Some full carriageway closures will be required overnight for the installation and removal of traffic management. The diversion for the northbound carriageway will be between junction 14 and junction 13 of the M5 and use the A38. The diversion for the southbound carriageway will be between junction 12 and junction 13 of the M5 and will also use the A38.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

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