M5, junction 23. Barrier Replacement Work

Skanska, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out barrier replacement work on the M5, junction 23, starting on Monday 10th October, lasting for 13 weeks.

The work will involve constructing a new Central Reservation Vehicle Restraint System with the replacement of the current steel barrier with a new concrete one and will take approximately 13 weeks to complete.

To ensure the safety of the workforce and road users while the work is on-going, it will be necessary to put a traffic management system in place. This will be installed 3 weeks into the project, between 31 October and 2 November, and will comprise of two narrow lanes and a 50mph temporary speed restriction. The narrow lanes and speed limit will be in place for 7 weeks.

To reduce the impact of any delay, they have planned these works so that they do not coincide with the October half term or the Christmas period. They would, however, like to make you aware that it is possible that while the 2 lane traffic management solution is in place, southbound journeys between junction 22 and 23 on the M5 at peak times (most notably on Friday evenings) may be subject to delays. Motorists travelling southbound on Friday evenings may wish to consider if there are any alternative routes they can use if they wish to avoid the delay.

The expected delay at other times of the day, and for northbound traffic, will be marginal.

A number of night-time closures (between 8pm and 6am) will also be required for the installation and removal of our traffic management solution. The dates and diversions are as below:

  • M5 J23 northbound entry slip – 1 November 2016, 2 November 2016 and 20 December 2016

All traffic will be diverted to follow A38 northbound, re-joining at junction 22.

  • M5 J22-23 southbound (includes J22 southbound entry slip) - 21 December 2016, 3 January 2017 and 5 January 2017

All traffic will be diverted to follow the A38 southbound, re-joining the motorway at junction 23.

  • M5 J23-22 northbound (includes J23 northbound entry slip) - 22 December 2016, 4 January 2017 and 5 January 2017. All traffic will be diverted to follow A38 northbound, re-joining at junction 22.

Please note that whilst they always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to it.

They would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause you and will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to the absolute minimum.

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

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