Residents of Patchway have a chance to find out more about the soon to be implemented M4/M5 managed motorways scheme at a public exhibition this weekend.
The £88.6m project will see the introduction of variable mandatory speed limits and use of the hard shoulder as an extra traffic lane to ease congestion.
Implementation of the scheme is expected to take two years, with much of the work being done overnight so that peak traffic flows are not affected.
Contractor Balfour Beatty is due to begin mobilisation works next Monday (7th November), which will include the installation of traffic management and site clearance.
A total of 33 ‘super span’ gantries needed for the scheme will be assembled and wired-up at a building on the Aztec West Business Park, which will also house the project office for the construction team.
Pegwell Brake Footbridge (known locally as the Banana Bridge) over the M5 has to be removed and a new bridge lifted into place. This work is scheduled for the autumn of 2012, so for a short period the public right of way over the bridge will be closed.
The exhibition takes place at Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Road [map] on Saturday (5th November), between 10 am and 4 pm.
More info: M4/M5 Managed Motorways (Highways Agency)
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