THE Highways Agency has announced a series of overnight closures of the M1 and M6 at Catthorpe Interchange.
As the scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct, which carries the M6 southbound over the M1 in Leicestershire, nears completion, the Highways Agency has announced a series of overnight closures of both the M1 and M6 during March.
The closures will be in place on various dates from Wednesday this week through until Friday, March 30. Closures will not be in place on every night during this period with exact dates to be confirmed.
Initially there will be an overnight closure of the M6 southbound between the exit slip road for the A14 and the M1 on the evenings of Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March between 9pm and 6am. Traffic destined for the M1 southbound will be diverted via the A426 and A5 to join the M1 at junction 18.
Following that, there will be a series of overnight closures required on various nights between Monday 12, and Friday 30 March affecting junction 19 of the M1 north or southbound, or the M6 southbound link road to the M1. Further details will be made available once dates have been confirmed.
Signed diversion routes will be in place where necessary for the following closures:
M6 southbound (junction 1 to M1 junction 19
M6 traffic destined for M1 southbound will be diverted off of the M6 at junction 1 onto the A426 northbound, then turn right onto the A5 southbound, and join the M1 southbound at junction 18.
M1 junction 19 southbound
Traffic will be diverted off at the junction 19 exit slip road, and will return to the M1 southbound via junction 1 of the M6.
M1 junction 19 northbound
Traffic will be diverted off at the junction 19 exit slip road, and will return to the M1 northbound via junction 1 of the M6.
M1 junction 19 southbound and M6 southbound
When both the M1 southbound carriageway and M6 southbound link road onto the M1 are closed concurrently, M1 traffic will be diverted off at junction 19 to turn right onto the M6 northbound to junction 1. It will then turn right onto the A426 northbound, and take the A5 southbound to join the M1 at junction 18.
All work is taking place overnight so as to minimise disruption to the travelling public, and will be at the following times when closures are in place:
· Mondays to Thursdays – 9.00pm to 6.00am
· Fridays – 10.00pm to 8.00am
· Saturdays – 8.00pm to 8.00am
· Sundays – 10.00pm to 5.00am
Highways Agency project manager, Ivan Marriott said: “The coming month will be busy with a series of overnight closures of the M1 and M6 at Catthorpe for a variety of essential works including changing traffic management, installing lighting and white lining of the carriageway.
“In order to carry out the work as safely and as quickly as possible it is necessary to implement carriageway closures while the works are ongoing. Where possible we will combine tasks to maximise work carried out during each closure.
“We would like to thank road users in advance for their co-operation and advise them to plan their journeys accordingly.”
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 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.