Overnight closures of the M6 at Catthorpe Interchange this weekend

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AS work continues on the Highways Agency scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct there will be overnight closures of the M6 southbound at the Catthorpe Interchange tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

The M6 will be closed southbound from the exit slip road for the A14 to where the M6 joins the M1 from 10.00pm on Friday 17 February, and 8.00pm on Saturday 18 February - opening the following morning at 8.00am in each instance.

M6 southbound traffic headed for the M1 southbound will follow a signed diversion taking it northbound on the M1 to junction 20, from where it will be able to turn around and head back south. To minimise disruption to the travelling public all work is taking place overnight when traffic flows are lighter.

Highways Agency project manager, Ivan Marriott said: “These closures will allow for our road workers to safely install expansion joints on the new viaduct. The scheme to replace the old Catthorpe Viaduct which carries M6 traffic over the M1 is nearing completion, we would like to thank road users for their patience and co-operation, and ask them to bear with us for a little longer with these closures.”

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.