Night closure planned for M5 for removal of footbridge this weekend
As part of ongoing construction work on the M4 and M5, the M5 near Bristol will be closed in both directions while the Pegwell Brake footbridge is dismantled this weekend.
The M5 will be closed between junctions 17 and 16 northbound and junctions 15 to 17 southbound from 7pm on Saturday, November 10 and the motorway will re-open by 11am on November 11.
The 220-tonne, 50-metre concrete bridge will be dismantled into two sections, each of which will be hoisted and removed by cranes. This method of removal is required to avoid excessive vibration due to the presence of a pipeline on the northbound carriageway.
The existing bridge, just south of Junction 16, will be replaced with a new steel pedestrian bridge which is suitable for high-sided vehicles to pass under when the managed motorway is fully operational and the hard shoulder is used as a running lane. The new bridge is planned to be in place and available for use in the New Year.
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Highways Agency project manager Paul Unwin said:
“Dismantling the bridge is a huge engineering feat and the only way that we can do this safely and quickly is by fully closing the motorway in both directions.
“To minimise disruption for anyone planning to use the M5 during the closure, we have scheduled the works to avoid peak traffic times and events such as the half-term holiday. We have also been working closely with local businesses and organisations to ensure they are aware of the diversion routes in place over that weekend.
“We strongly advise that people plan ahead, leaving plenty of time for their journeys and to drive safely via the diversion routes which will be clearly signposted.”