Traffic cones and the 50 mph speed limit have been lifted on a section of the M5 ahead of the bank holiday weekend as work to install the new concrete safety barrier concludes.
Roadworks on the section between junction 6, Worcester and junction 5 at Droitwich have been removed, and the national speed limit has been reinstated.
On the M5 between junctions 4a and 5, the 50 mph speed restrictions and narrow lanes remain in place, with this work due to complete in October. This section will take longer because of additional maintenance and waterproofing work which needs to be completed ahead of winter.
Junction improvement work at junction 4 continues with speed and lane restrictions remaining in place until February 2015.
Highways Agency senior project manager, Brian Gash, said:
To improve journeys for road users, we are removing roadworks where and when possible ahead of the full completion of this scheme.
The Highways Agency is carrying out a large programme of improvement works, as quickly and efficiently as possible within the region, and I would like to thank road users for their patience
I would still ask road users to plan ahead and allow enough time for their journeys, and when driving through the roadworks to observe the temporary reduced speed limits which are in place for their safety and that of our road workers.
Further information about the project is available on the scheme’s website.
The smart motorway scheme proposed for this section of the M5 is in final development, following statutory process, assessing value for money and deliverability. Construction work is currently programmed to start on the smart motorway in the next spending review period - post 2015.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
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