Highways Agency announces work on the A5 Atherstone by- pass in Warwickshire

Published on Sunday, 16 November 2008 18:07
Written by Richard Taylor

The Highways Agency is expected to start work on the A5 Atherstone by-pass in Warwickshire on Sunday 2nd November for approximately five weeks.

The work will affect 1.5 miles of the bypass between the B4111 Witherley Island and the B4116 Holly Lane Island.

The works are essential to repair a deep drainage system, install new manholes and reconstruct the carriageway after this drainage work has been completed. We will also take the opportunity to remove some diseased trees during the works.

Traffic management will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A contraflow system will be used with a single lane of traffic running in both directions. There will be a 40mph speed restriction in place with emergency breakdown assistance through the works period. The work will be carried out as quickly as possible to cause the minimum amount of disruption to motorists.

During the works, there will be no access to or from the A5 from Long Street in Atherstone.

Full overnight closures of the A5 Atherstone by-pass will also be necessary to implement and remove the contraflow system. This will be done when traffic flows are at their lightest and signs will be put out on the surrounding roads to warn motorists. The first closure is expected on Sunday 2nd November starting at 8pm.

During the overnight closures, eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A5 at M42 junction 10, then follow M42 northbound, exit at junction 11 and proceed along the A444 southbound to the rejoin the A5 at Redgate, near Nuneaton.

A5 westbound traffic will be diverted along the A444 at Redgate north to M42 J11 and then south to exit at junction 10 to rejoin the A5. These diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

Non motorway traffic and light vehicles will be directed to use the B4116 to Twycross, and on to the A444 for journeys between the A5 Holly Lane Island and Redgate junctions.

HGVs are requested to use the M69, M6 and M42 as an alternative route.

Karen Green, Highways Agency project sponsor, said:

"This work is essential to improve safety and reduce the potential for flooding in the area. We advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys as slight delays may occur. They are also asked to take care when driving through the works both for their own safety and that of the workforce."

Further information about the scheme can be obtained by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time. (Calls to 0845 numbers cost no more than 3p/min from BT residential landlines. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary).

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