Motorists and residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to plan ahead when the M6 temporarily closes this weekend.
Highways England is upgrading the M6 in both directions from junctions 13 to 15 to a smart motorway but needs to demolish Creswell Home Farm Bridge, just north of junction 14, as part of the work.
To ensure the safety of motorists, Highways England is closing the motorway in both directions for up to 24 hours from 8pm on Saturday, September 22. It will reopen on Sunday 23 September as soon as work is completed, and it is safe to do so.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has held lengthy discussions with Highways England to agree the diversion and to ensure any disruption to the city’s roads and residents is kept to a minimum. Traffic will be diverted off the motorway between junctions 14 and 15 and will use the A34 Stone Road and A500 as the diversion route.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This is a Highways England scheme, a Government-owned company, and we are working with them closely to minimise disruption to residents, traffic and the economy as much as possible. They have picked a time and date when they say the motorway will be at its quietest, but they’re still expecting the diversion route through the city to be busy, which people need to be aware of.
“The diversion route will be kept clear of other works during the closure, including Western Power’s work currently under way on the A34 near Meaford, and the emergency services and social care providers have been consulted with to ensure they can maintain their services along the route. The advice to people is to avoid the area if possible, but if travel cannot be avoided please allow lots of extra time for journeys and ensure your vehicle has plenty of fuel.”
To reduce traffic on the M6 on the day, Highways England will use its Dover to Carlisle national sign network to advertise the planned closure. Motorists and hauliers travelling between the North West and the Midlands and South of England will be urged to avoid the area by using the M62 and M1.
The bridge will be demolished in stages, meaning further intermittent Saturday night closures of the M6 between junction 14 and 15 will be needed over the coming months.
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