Two bridges to be moved over the M42 in Solihull next month - The Solihull Observer

Two bridges to be moved over the M42 in Solihull next month

Solihull Editorial 26th Aug, 2022   0

A PAIR new bridges weighing a total of 2,050 tonnes are set to be moved into place over the M42 in Solihull next month.

National Highways is carrying out work to upgrade junction 6 on the M42 as part of a £282million project to allow smoother journeys on and off the A45 while also supporting access to Birmingham International Airport and train station.

To create the new junction, 5a, National Highways will be installing two new bridges across the M42 at the end of September.

To help keep motorists and construction teams safe while the work takes place, the M42 will be closed overnight and during the day from 10pm on September 30 to 6am on October 3.




National Highways programme leader Anita Prashar said: “This is a significant milestone in this vital upgrade of the M42 at junction 6 and we’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes to make sure the work takes place with as little disruption as possible to motorists.

“Safety is always our top priority and given the scale of the work involved we will need to close the road so that our teams can work safely on the carriageway.


“There will be a fully signed diversion route in place during the closures and we’d remind drivers to plan their journeys before setting off to make sure they leave additional time for their trip.”

Any who want to find out more about this phase of the work are invited to visit the National Highways mobile exhibition centre.

Members of the project team will be available offering an opportunity to find out more about the diversion route and how the upgrade is progressing.

The sessions are being held on September 1 from 9am to 5pm at Morrisons, 1149 Warwick Rd, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 6RA and on September 9 from 9am to 5pm at Tesco Extra, 1505 Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4EN.

Preparation works to harden the central reservation around the location of the new junction have already taken place ahead of the new bridges being moved into position.

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