THE Highways Agency is warning motorists that the M1 at junction 19 will be fully closed for three nights next week.
The Catthorpe Interchange near Rugby will close overnight on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week (March, 12, 13, 14).
The closures are part of the ongoing work to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct and will allow the agency to carry out work on the central reserve pier for the new viaduct being constructed.
The stretch of M1 between junction 19 and the M6 entry and exit slip roads will be closed in north and southbound each night between 9pm and 6am.
A short diversion route will be clearly signposted taking traffic along the M6 to junction 1 and back again to rejoin the M1.
Highways Agency project manager Ivan Marriott said: “These closures are essential in order for us to safely carry out work on the central reservation piers for the new viaduct. Closing the M1 through the junction means we can ensure the safety of road users and provide a safe working area for our workforce.
“To minimise disruption to road users we are carrying out the work overnight when there is less traffic on the roads. Even so, we advise drivers to plan ahead, observe the clearly signed diversion route and allow extra time for their journeys.”
There is contingency for a further overnight closure on the Friday, 15 April should it be required. Overnight closures at the junction will also be required during May, details of which will be publicised nearer the time.
Work to replace the viaduct, which carries M6 southbound traffic over the M1, began in July 2010, and is expected to finish in Spring 2012.
More information about the scheme is available from the Highways Agency website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/28223.aspx, or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.