Overnight closure of the M1 at Catthorpe Interchange

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THE Highways Agency is advising motorists of an overnight closure of both the north and southbound carriageways of the M1 at junction 19, Catthorpe on Tuesday night.

The motorway will be closed in each direction between the entry and exit slip roads at junction 19 from 9.00pm on Tuesday 28 February until 6.00am the following morning. The closure will allow for traffic management changes to be implemented as part of the ongoing scheme which has seen the old Catthorpe Viaduct replaced.

While the closure is in place, a short diversion will be in place taking traffic off of the carriageway at junction 19, and back via junction 1 of the M6.

Highways Agency project manager, Ivan Marriott said: “This closure is taking place overnight to keep disruption to a minimum for road users, but is essential for us to implement traffic management changes safely. Motorists will be pleased to know that the project to replace the old Catthorpe Viaduct is now nearing completion.”

The original Catthorpe Viaduct which had reached the end of its working life was demolished over a 36-hour period in January, a time lapse video of which can be viewed here; http://www.youtube.com/user/HighwaysAgency?#p/u/7/SfnRL7zxpk4.

The scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct started in July 2010, and is due to be complete by spring 2012.

Road users are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time for their journeys should they be using the junction while the overnight closures are in place. Road users can keep up to date and register for updates on the scheme website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/28223.aspx. Up to date travel information can also be accessed by visiting www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or by following @HAtraffic_emids on Twitter.