M1 work will protect bridge and bring smoother journeys for drivers
Essential maintenance work is being carried out on the M1 which will bring smoother journeys for motorists and protect a motorway bridge for years to come.
Two repair schemes will be delivered at the same time on the stretch between junctions 18 and 20 in the East Midlands meaning there is minimum disruption for motorists.
The motorway will be closed for two weekends and overnight while the work takes place to ensure the safety of workers and road users.
Taking place between the Crick interchange at junction 18 to the Misterton interchange at junction 20, the work will replace the existing waterproof system on the bridge at Shawell Walcote and resurface around two miles of the northbound and southbound carriageways.
As part of this work, a new specialist material is being introduced which is designed to protect the structure underneath the road from water seeping into it. Doing this now will prevent more disruptive roadworks in the future.
The works will start on Monday 1 June 2020 and are due to be completed by the end of July 2020.
Much of the work will take place overnight, from 10pm, when roads are quieter. Overnight closures are planned as follows:
- M1 southbound junctions 20-19: Weekday nights between 1 June – 23 June
- M1 northbound carriageway junctions 18-20: Three nights from 24-26 June
- M1 northbound junctions 19-20: Weekday nights between 30 June – 17 July
In addition, the southbound carriageway will be closed from 10pm on Friday 5 June until 6am 8 June. The northbound carriageway will be closed from 10pm on Friday 10 July until 6am on Monday 13 July.
Highways England Project Manager Steve Longden said:
“We appreciate people’s patience while we carry out this important maintenance work which will improve the quality of journeys for drivers and ensure that the Shawell Walcote bridge is protected for the future.
“We understand that roadworks can be disruptive but are doing all we can to carry out these two schemes together to ensure minimum inconvenience for road users and local communities.”
Diversions, agreed with the local authority, will be clearly signed.
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