barriers aim to boost M5 safety between Burnham and Weston
project to boost safety on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea
and Weston is to start this week.
Highways Agency has announced that a new concrete and steel barrier
will be introduced along the central reservation between junction
22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston.
on the four-mile section will start this Sunday (27th October)
and is scheduled to continue until the middle of February 2014.
Agency Project Sponsor Alex Knapp told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
existing steel barrier in the central reservation on this part
of the M5 has reached the end of its serviceable life and needs
to be replaced."
new concrete and steel barrier should last longer and require
less maintenance, reducing the need for road closures and traffic
restrictions in the future."
work comes after a fatal accident
yesterday (Thursday) saw a lorry plough through the steel
central reservation, although the incident has not prompted the
project will also include drainage work, resurfacing and the temporary
installation of average speed cameras.
works will be carried out during the day and overnight and will
require the hard shoulder and various lanes to be closed at different
times. Narrow lanes and a 50 mile per hour speed restriction will
be introduced in order for the work to be safely carried out.
addition to the above restrictions, there will be no overnight
access to Sedgemoor Services from the southbound carriageway on
Sunday 27th October and no overnight access from the northbound
carriageway on Tuesday 29th October. The closures will be in place
from 10pm until 6am the following morning on each of these two
With effect from January 2005 and based primarily on safety grounds,
the Highways Agency's policy is that all new motorway schemes
are to use high-containment concrete barriers in the central reservations.
The project comes after a series of accidents in recent years
where large vehicles such as lorries and caravans have ploughed
through the metal barriers into oncoming traffic, as pictured
above in 2010.