Drivers warned of M5 overnight full closures this week as contraflow installed

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M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange. Aerial view looking south-west towards Bradley Stoke. Photo credit: National Highways.

Drivers using the M5 near Bradley Stoke are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys as bridge refurbishment works enter their next phase from Monday 2nd October 2023.

A week of overnight full closures of the M5, between junctions 14 and 17, is planned to allow the installation of a contraflow system.

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As previously reported, the bridges on the M5 at junctions 15 and 16 (Almondsbury and Patchway) are now over 50 years old and in need of refurbishment.

Waterproofing, surfacing, expansion joints and repairs to the concrete are needed to maintain the bridges and are part of ongoing bridge refurbishment works in the South West.

A contraflow system between junctions 14 (Falfield) and 17 (Cribbs Causeway) is now set to be installed to allow for work to safely take place.

National Highways aims to complete the works by summer 2024, over which time there will be various contraflow arrangements to allow safe access to the bridge decks.

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The next phase of works includes:

  • Monday 2nd October to Wednesday 4th October 2023 – M5 junctions 14 to 17 fully closed in both directions overnight between the hours of 8pm and 6am the following morning. This is to allow us to switch the traffic management in preparation for the first contraflow phase.
  • Wednesday 4nd October to Saturday 7th October 2023 – M5 junctions 14 to 17 fully closed in both directions overnight between the hours of 9pm and 6am the following morning. This is to allow us to switch the traffic management in preparation for the first contraflow phase.
  • Sunday 8th October 2023 – M5 junctions 14 to 17 closed southbound only overnight between the hours of 9pm and 6am the following morning. This is so we can complete the installation of the new contraflow phase.

For full closures of the M5, drivers should follow the signed diversion routes.

Diversions will also apply for traffic on the M4 wishing to use the exit slip roads to the (closed) M5 at junction 20 (Almondsbury Interchange).

See the National Highways daily closure report for details of all diversions.

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Keith Warren, senior project manager for National Highways, said:

“We appreciate roadworks can be frustrating, but we need to carry out this work to ensure the long-term integrity of the bridges and that they are fit for the future.”

“We know this is a busy area, and there’s never a good time to carry out roadworks. We’re delivering these improvements at the same time as the ongoing M4/M5 safety enhancements so we can share resources and cut down on the time we’ll be working on the road.”

“Please accept our apologies in advance for any disruption which may be caused. We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact is kept to a minimum.”

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A spokesperson for National Highways added:

“Traffic management will be in place on the M5 between junctions 14 and 17 to summer 2024.”

“We always aim to work to the programme, however, unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean work is sometimes postponed.”

For the latest information on the M5 bridge repair project, visit: M5 junction 15 Almondsbury and junction 16 Patchway bridge deck refurbishment (National Highways)

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 Traffic England website.

Related link: Roadworks in and around Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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