The Highways Agency have started preparatory work for a major concrete repair and waterproofing scheme on the M5 Oldbury Viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2, in advance of the main scheme, which is planned to start this week.

Crews will be carrying out this work using overnight lane closures and weekend overnight full closures of both the slip roads and the main carriageway.

The Highway Agency has released the following statement; “We will begin the main scheme by removing the surface on the southbound carriageway to investigate the condition of the concrete underneath.

At this stage we will know the level of repairs required and will be able to give an update on the programme.

Once this is complete the damaged concrete will be repaired and a new waterproofing layer applied. This will then be repeated on the northbound carriageway. To enable safe access to undertake this work we will need to close one carriageway at a time.

To keep this vital route open we will use a contraflow system whereby both the northbound and southbound traffic runs on one side of the carriageway. This will allow us to keep two narrow lanes running in each direction.

The final phase will involve repairing and re-waterproofing the central reserve and installing a new concrete barrier to improve safety. This work will be undertaken with three narrow lanes in each direction. For the majority of the scheme the slip roads will remain open.

We have designed this traffic management to maintain access to the M5 and thereby limit the resulting congestion on the local roads. We will do everything possible to plan and manage our road works to keep traffic moving. However there will still be some disruption to the M5 and routes leading into or out of these junctions.

We recommend that you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys. You may wish to consider using alternative routes and modes of transport where possible. If you use this route to commute it is also worth considering, where possible, car sharing or working from home. For information on public transport visit the Network West Midlands website.

Timeline of works:

After Easter 2017
Start of main work – roadworks with contraflow implemented

Autumn 2018
End of works