A series of full and partial overnight closures of the M5 between junction 15 (Cribbs Causeway) and the Almondsbury Interchange could cause incovenience for North Bristol motorists over the coming weeks.
The M5 northbound will be fully closed tonight (Wednesday 11th April) and tomorrow night (Thursday 12th April), from as early as 9pm – opening again by 6am the following day.
The same stretch of motorway will be fully closed southbound between the same times on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April.
Later this month, two lane sections of carriageway will be closed through junction 15 (Cribbs Causeway) on the following dates:
- 23rd & 24th April (northbound)
- 25th, 26th, 27th & 30th April (southbound)
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd May (southbound)
Signed diversion routes will be in place.
The closures are part of an £88.6m project to create a ‘managed motorway’ scheme around the M4/M5 interchange, in which speed limits are dynamically controlled and traffic is permitted to use the hard shoulder at peak times.
The current phase of the work involves the installation of narrow running lanes and temporary safety barriers.
An environmental team will resume the collection of great crested newts along the verges of the M5 this month. This task must be completed before the main construction phase can begin.
Later this year, Pegwell Brake Footbridge (known locally as the Banana Bridge) over the M5 will be removed and a new bridge lifted into place.
Work on the M4 is expected to be completed by December 2012 with the M5 portion of the scheme scheduled for completion in spring 2013.