Motorists travelling between Rugby and Coventry at night via the Tollbar End roundabout face delays and diversions next week.
As part of the Highways Agency’s £106m plan to improve the A45/A46 Tollbar End roundabout, A45 Stonebridge Highway and Stivichall Junction, a roads will be closed overnight.
On Tuesday May 6 and Wednesday May 7, the two-mile section of the A46 southbound carriageway, between the A428 Brandon/Rugby Road roundabout (known locally as the ‘TGI’ roundabout) and Tollbar End roundabout, will close from 8pm until 6am the following morning. On Thursday May 8 and Friday May 9, the northbound section of the road will close from 8pm to 6am the following morning.
The closures are to allow the installation of a new storm water drain across both carriageways.
Senior project manager for the Highways Agency, Anthony Johnson, said: “We would like to thank road users for their patience during these important works.
“This essential work can only be done safely with complete closures. As there is less traffic overnight, we’ll be doing the closures then, but we still advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys on these dates. The diversion routes may be unfamiliar to some drivers so we urge them to take extra care, and to drive safely.”
Southbound traffic will be diverted from the A46 / A428 roundabout onto the A428, then the A4082 and onto the B4110 to Tollbar End roundabout. Northbound traffic will be diverted to follow the same route but in reverse. The diversion routes will be signed.
As part of the scheme, two additional measures are taking place. Temporary traffic lights were installed on Tuesday on the southbound section of the B4110 near Tollbar End roundabout to allow the installation of a new gas main. The two-way traffic lights will be in position for three to five weeks. Testing of the new gas main will be occasionally be carried out, which may leave the excavation unmanned for short periods. The Highways Agency states that the temporary traffic lights are expected to have “minimal impact” on the flow of traffic.
And on Wednesday May 7, as part of the works to connect a new water main at Siskin Drive, the road layout at Siskin Drive will be tweaked to allow the current excavation in the centre of the exit from Siskin Drive to be filled, and a new excavation on the inner lane to be made. The Highways Agency expects this to have minimal or no impact on traffic flows, as two lanes will remain open.
When completed, the agency says the Tollbar scheme will improve capacity, journey times and safety, with around 45 percent of traffic taken from the Tollbar roundabout onto the new underpass, and access to local businesses and Coventry Airport improved, along with pedestrian access at the roundabout.
To find out more about the A45/A46 Tollbar End Junction work, visit the scheme’s website or call the Highways Agency on 0300 123 5000.