Motorists using the M6 in the West Midlands are set to experience delays for the next seven weeks or so after Highways England kicked off delayed roadworks.
The works, which were supposed to begin last month, are affecting the northbound carriageway of the motorway between junction 7 (Great Barr) and junction 8 (for the M5).
Capacity is set to be reduced to two lanes at weekends as part of the works, which need to go ahead for safety purposes.
Queues at junction 8 on Wednesday evening (01/03).
“We are carrying out essential maintenance on the M6 between junction seven and eight on the northbound carriageway,” said Highways England in a statement.
“This work is needed to ensure the carriageway remains safe – the top priority for us. The existing waterproofing has deteriorated and needs essential maintenance.
“The improvements will help to maintain structural integrity and increase the life of the asset by reducing deterioration and minimising the number of emergency repairs required in future.
“Our customers will benefit from a safer, more resilient route, and enhanced driver experience.
“We encourage customers to plan their journeys and use alternatives routes wherever possible – especially at weekends when motorway capacity is reduced to two lanes,” they added.