The Highways Agency has announced the dates of forthcoming closures of the M50 in the next fortnight for on-going maintenance works on the Pendock Sledge Green and Queens Arms Overbridges.
The M50 will be closed in both directions; eastbound from junction 2 to 1 and westbound from M5 junction 8 to M50 junction 2 on:
Thursday 5 July from 8pm to 6am
Tuesday 10 July from 8pm to 6am
Friday 13 July from 8pm until 6am on Monday 16th July
A further overnight closure may be required on Monday 16 July between 8pm and 6am depending on how work progresses and weather conditions experienced during the earlier closures.
Highways Agency project sponsor Matthew Taylor said: "These closures are essential to move traffic management and dismantle two scaffolds. The scaffolds will then be re-erected in the other lane of each carriageway at Pendock and Queens Arms overbridges. We appreciate that the closures will unavoidably cause some disruption for road users, but to keep it to a minimum we have timed the works for overnight and weekend when traffic flow is at its lowest. We are doing lots of preparation works in advance to reduce the time that a full carriageway closure will be required. We advise people plan ahead, leaving plenty of time for the journeys, and use an alternative route."
Work, costing an estimated 2.5million pounds, to strengthen the bridge supports started in mid March and is expected to take 28 weeks to complete.
Matthew added: "We will be making best use of the time the carriageway is closed by undertaking other works along this stretch of the M50, such as survey work and local resurfacing at the Bushley and Ripple Viaduct replacement scheme".
Diversion routes will be clearly signposted. Traffic travelling westbound should leave the M5 at Junction 11 and take the A40 eastbound, then the A417 north to M50 Junction 2. The same would apply in reverse for eastbound traffic.
Further information is available from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org