The work, which will involve bridge and drainage inspections, will take place between junction 7 and 8 from Monday (7 September) until Thursday (10 September).
During the work, the M11 will be closed southbound on Monday for two nights and the northbound will follow for a further two nights. The motorway will be closed between 9pm and 6am.
Highways England project manager Precilia Teeluck, said:
This work is necessary to allow us to keep track of the condition of the M11 and to help us plan future renewal work.
We have timed the work to be carried out when traffic levels are at their lowest and overnight but we are advising people to allow extra time for their journeys when the closures are in place, especially those travelling to Stansted Airport.
During the closures traffic will be diverted via the A120, A1184, A414 and re-join the M11.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.