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Bird’s eye view of M6 junction highlights progress being made on new bridges

New images released by National Highways highlight the progress being made on the transformation of junction 10 of the M6 and the scale of the work involved.

The new, wider bridges, which will each carry four lanes of traffic, are now in place next to the current two-lane bridges which have been there for some 50 years.

The images give a clear indication of how much bigger the new bridges are which will help tackle congestion at this bottleneck junction.

National Highways and Walsall Council, supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, have joined forces to fund the congestion-busting upgrade. Contractor John Sisk & Son is carrying out the work.  

As well as improvements to the junction itself, work is taking place on the approaches to the roundabout with the westbound carriageway of the Black Country Route being widened from two to three lanes from junction 10 to Marshlands Way. 

In addition, resurfacing work will be taking place along the Wolverhampton Road next month on the westbound approach to junction 10, between Tempus Drive and the motorway roundabout.

A contraflow will be in place, to the east of junction 10, from 10pm Friday 1 April to 6am Thursday 7 April. The contraflow transfers traffic from its usual side to share the other half of the carriageway with traffic moving in the opposite direction.

The work is likely to cause significant delays for traffic travelling west on the Wolverhampton road towards the junction and drivers are urged to use alternative routes if possible, such as Pleck Road towards junction 9, and allow additional time for journeys.

National Highways Project Manager, Annie Hyett, said:

“These images illustrate the scale of the improvements we are making to tackle congestion at this busy junction and the progress that has been made. Work is on track to complete the scheme before the summer.

“Unfortunately, on a project of this size there is likely to be some disruption during the roadworks but we do try to keep it to a minimum. The contraflow will mean we can get the resurfacing done in a week. Without it, we would have needed to close the road over four or five weekends to get the work completed.

“We recommend road users avoid this stretch of Wolverhampton Road if possible while the resurfacing is carried out which will bring smoother and safer journeys.”

For live traffic updates follow the @HighwaysWMIDS Twitter feed. The National Highways 24/7 customer contact centre team can also provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000.

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