M4 closed near Slough this weekend for installation of two bridges
The M4 near Slough will be closed again this weekend while the huge steel beams for two bridges over the M4 are lifted into place.
The motorway will be closed in both directions between junction 6 (for Slough/Windsor) and junction 8/9 (for Maidenhead) from midnight on Friday 24 until 6am on Monday 27 July 2020.
New huge steel beams for the Wood Lane bridge near Cippenham, Slough, and also for the new Oldway Lane bridge near junction 7 will be lifted into place. These beams will form the decks of the new bridges, which will open to the public in the next year. Work will be happening day and night over the weekend to make best use of the closure.
During this weekend’s closure, motorway traffic will be diverted via the A308M, A308, A332 and the A355 and there will be fully signed diversions in place. However, as delays are expected drivers are advised to plan ahead, leave extra time for their journeys and consider alternative routes if possible.
There are three further summer closures of the M4 over the next few weeks:
- 31 July – 3 August 2020, between junctions 5 and 6
- 7 – 10 August 2020, between junctions 5 and 6
- 14 – 17 August 2020, between Junctions 6 and 8/9
Construction work on the M4 upgrade between junctions 8/9 and 10 started two years ago and most of the work on that section is now complete, with the opening of this stretch of the M4 still on schedule for spring next year.
The work is part of a project to upgrade the M4 between junctions 3 and 12 to a smart motorway. For more information and to sign up for project newsletters please visit: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m4-junctions-3-12-smart-motorway/
M4 team raises £100,000 for NHS charities
The team from Highways England, Balfour Beatty VINCI and the rest of the supply chain raised an amazing £100,000 for charity after Sonu Singh, who works on the project, pledged a week’s worth of his own money to the NHS. This inspired the rest of the project and culminated in a virtual fundraiser last night called The BIG Night In which took place last week.
The £100,000 will be split between the @NHSCharitiesTogether Covid-19 appeal, @SloughFoodbank and @Daisys_Dream, a local charity supporting children through bereavement.
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