Weekly Round-up of Road Works in Bath, Bristol, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire

13 April 2012 14:19

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Weekly Round-up of Road Works in Bath, Bristol, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire

Bristol

M5 Junction 15-17
As part of the work to transform the M4 and M5 at the Almondsbury interchange near Bristol to a managed motorway, the M5 motorway will be closed overnight, in one direction at a time, from 10 to 15 April.

The closures will be in place between Junction 15 and 17 of the M5 from 22.00 hrs to 06.00 hrs each night, to allow the installation of roadworks, including narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit, onto the M5. The M5 northbound will be closed for the first three nights, with the M5 southbound closed for the remaining three nights. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures.

M5 Junction 16 Northbound exit slip road
The exit slip road at Junction 16 on the M5 Northbound will be closed overnight on Wednesday 18 April. The closure will take place from 21.00 hrs on the Wednesday evening to 06.00 hrs the following day to allow the works to take place.

Traffic travelling North on the M5 wishing to leave at Junction 16 will continue North to Junction 14, u-turn and return South to Junction 16 to exit. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures.

M5 Junction 16 Northbound entry slip road and link road M5 North to M4 East
The entry slip road at Junction 16 on the M5 Northbound Junction and the link road on the M5 North to M4 East will be closed for two nights on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 April. The closures will take place from 21.00 hrs on each evening to 06.00 hrs the following day.

Traffic wanting to join the M5 Northbound at Junction 16 will be diverted South to Junction 17, u-turn and join the M5 Northbound carriageway at Junction 15.

Traffic travelling North on the M5 wanting to join the M4 Eastbound will continue North to Junction 14, u-turn, return South to Junction 15 and join the M4 Eastbound carriageway at Junction 19. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures.

M5 Junction 19 A369 roundabout
The northbound and southbound exit slip roads at Junction 19 of the M5 will be closed (one slip road at a time) while remedial resurfacing works are carried out on the A369 roundabout. Work is scheduled to be carried out on 16 April (southbound exit slip) and 17 April (northbound exit slip) from 20.00 hrs and 06.00 hrs.

Traffic wishing to leave the M5 northbound, or join the M5 southbound, at Junction 19 will be diverted to take the M5 northbound to Junction 18. Traffic will then turn at the Portway Roundabout, Avonmouth, and join the M5 southbound to return to Junction 19.

Traffic wishing to leave the M5 southbound, or join the M5 northbound, at Junction 19 will be diverted to take the M5 southbound to Junction 20. Traffic will then turn to join the M5 northbound and return to Junction 19.

M4 Eastbound to M5 Southbound link road, M4 Westbound to M5 Northbound link road and M5 Southbound to junction 16 connector
The link roads on the M4 Eastbound to M5 Southbound, M4 Westbound to M5 Northbound and the M5 Southbound to Junction 16 connector will be closed overnight for two nights on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April. The closures will take place from 21.00 hrs on each evening to 06.00 hrs the following day.

Traffic travelling East on the M4 wanting to join the M5 Southbound will continue to Junction 20, u-turn, return West on the M4 and join the M5 Southbound carriageway at Junction 15.

Traffic travelling West on the M4 wanting to join the M5 Northbound will continue to Junction 22, u-turn, return East on the M4 and join the M5 Northbound carriageway at Junction 15.

Traffic travelling South on the M5 wanting to leave at Junction 16 will continue to Junction 17, u-turn and return North to exit at Junction 16. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during the closures.

East Devon

M5 Junction 28
The exit slip road at Junction 28 of the M5 Northbound will be closed for widening between 16 and 23 April from 20.00 hrs to 06.00 hrs.

Northbound traffic wishing to exit the M5 at junction 28 will be diverted to continue travelling to junction 27. Traffic will then turn and rejoin the M5 southbound to exit at the junction 28 southbound exit slip.

M5 Junction 29
Lane closures remain in place on the A30, M5 northbound off-slip and southbound off-slip at Junction 29 as work continues to upgrade the junction.

Some lane restrictions are being removed or partially removed during the morning and evening rush hours to minimise delays as much as possible.

The right turn from A30 westbound to M5 North also remains closed. Traffic is being diverted via Moor Lane Roundabout, back onto the eastbound carriageway of the A30 to continue northbound on the M5.

Routes for cyclists and pedestrians are being maintained through the scheme, with some minor diversions.

From 07 December, works to carry out construction activities including carriageway widening, surfacing, drainage, loop cutting and gantry erection works will require the overnight closure of:

* the northbound exit slip road at M5 Junction 29;
* the northbound entry slip road at M5 Junction 29;
* the southbound entry slip road at M5 Junction 29.

Only one slip road would be closed at a time. There would also be lane closures through the works.

Gloucestershire

A40 Trunk Road at Huntley Hill in the District of Forest of Dean
Work on the A40 Trunk Road at Huntley Hill, west of Gloucester, will require a 40 miles per hour speed limit from a point 300 metres east of the centre of its junction with Hinders Lane to a point 300 metres west of the centre of its junction with Saunders Close. This measure would be in the interests of road safety until embankment stabilisation works and the installation of a permanent safety barrier can be carried out. It is expected that the speed limit would start on or after 21 April 2011 and last until the danger to the public has ended.

M5 Motorway – Junction 13 to 14
Work starts on 16 April for six weeks to carry out embankment stabilisation works on the southbound carriageway. During this time there will be narrow lane running with a 50mph speed restriction during the day and additional lane closures at night.

Somerset

No planned roadworks.

Wiltshire

A419 trunk road – Commonhead Roundabout, Swindon
Carriageway surveying and general maintenance works will require the overnight closure of the southbound and northbound carriageways of the A419 Trunk Road between the respective exit and entry slip roads at the A4259 Commonhead Roundabout.

It is expected that the works would take place for one night every six weeks between 19 December 2011 and 20 November 2012.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.
3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:
- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:
- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.
- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the South West follow us at @HAtraffic_swest or for the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

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