Sum­mer of Spaghetti Junc­tion clo­sures

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

MO­TORISTS in Birm­ing­ham are fac­ing an­other sum­mer of dis­rup­tion as Spaghetti Junc­tion slip roads and the As­ton Ex­press­way are closed for seven con­sec­u­tive week­ends.

Start­ing on July 14 and run­ning un­til Au­gust 25, the busy junc­tion and mo­tor­way will be closed from 8pm on Fri­day evenings un­til 6am the fol­low­ing Mon­day morn­ing.

A £4.7 mil­lion scheme is be­ing car­ried out by High­ways Eng­land to re­pair con­crete and in­stall new wa­ter­proof­ing ma­te­rial on the 45-year-old struc­ture at junc­tion six of the M6 which is used by 200,000 ve­hi­cles a day.

New Tar­mac will also be laid on the As­ton Ex­press­way.

The work has been timed to co­in­cide with the sum­mer months and school hol­i­days and the M6 it­self will re­main fully open dur­ing the work.

This re­pair work is the third phase of a ma­jor pro­gramme that started in 2015.

Along­side the week­end clo- sures, the ti­dal flow lane will be sus­pended on the As­ton Ex­press­way and a 30 mph speed limit im­posed dur­ing the week for the duration of the works.

There will also be clo­sure of the Grav­elly Hill and Ty­burn Road ap­proaches to the As­ton Ex­press­way city-bound car­riage­way and di­ver­sions put in place.

The Park Cir­cus slip road and Sal­ford Cir­cus is­land will both re­main open.

Jes­sica Kenny, project man­ager from High­ways Eng­land, said: “This vi­tal re­pair work has been planned closely with Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil to en­sure that we min­imise dis­rup­tion.

“As the struc­ture ages and the num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing the road have in­creased more, main­te­nance is re­quired.

“Un­like some mo­tor­ways in Eng­land, large stretches of both the M5 and M6 in the Mid­lands are el­e­vated and this means re­pair work is es­sen­tial to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the struc­ture.”

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