Motorists face 2 years of roadworks on M6 as part of new smart motorway scheme
Work to transform a congested stretch of the M6 near Coventry began yesterday.
The £234million project will see a 14 mile stretch of the M6 between junctions 2 (A46 Coventry) and 4 (M42 (S)/A46) converted into a smart motorway.
The works are likely to have a significant knock-on impact on the roads in Leicestershire, especially on the A5.
The scheme, which is already in place on the M42 and further up the M6 past Birmingham, involves converting the hard shoulder into a running lane during peak times, along with the introduction of variable speed limits.
Rather than closing lanes initially, the huge project will see three ‘narrow lanes’ introduced so engineers can carry out works safely, the Coventry Telegraph reports.
There are some lane closures and full closures planned but it is hoped these will be carried out overnight to reduce disruption.
“Night-time closures will be necessary for this operation and clearly signed diversion routes will be in place whenever full carriageway closures are required,” Highways England has said.
“Wherever possible, we will utilise land closures at night to minimise the number of full closures required.
“Construction will inevitably have some impact on the local community, businesses and road users, for example construction noise and vibration or increased traffic on diversion routes.
“We will work closely with local authorities and local communities to identify any specific issues and implement measures to address them wherever possible.”
The ‘smart motorway’ works are set to last until March 2020 and, once completed, will see the stretch of motorway boast four running lanes which is hoped will increase capacity, improve journey time and reduce congestion.