National Highways has postponed the planned installation this weekend of the new Michaelwood Services footbridge between Junctions 13 and 14 of the M5 in Gloucestershire.
Preparatory work has been underway since February as part of a £3.2 million replacement project, and a new bridge walkway and fittings were due to be installed between Saturday June 25 and Monday July 4, to allow access between the southbound and northbound areas of the services.
The footbridge deck was due to be put in place this Saturday as part of a full night closure of the M5 between Junction 13 (Stroud) and Junction 14 (Thornbury) from 8pm to 6am on Sunday 26th June. Due to steel galvanizing issues with sections of the steel bridge span, this has now been postponed, along with the following week of nighttime closures to install ramps, stairs and other fittings.
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Main span placement work has now been tentatively scheduled for the night of Saturday 2 July, with further erection work tentatively scheduled to take place under nightly southbound and northbound closures between 17 July and July 20.
National Highways Project Manager Adrian Simon said: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the bridge span will not be ready in time for the proposed installation due to galvanizing quality issues in the framework. metallic. We understand that people need to plan their trips and we apologize for any confusion caused by the postponement of this weekend’s closure.
“We are disappointed to have been forced to take the decision to delay this important work but it is essential that the structural steelwork is in good condition before installation. We have now scheduled new dates for the installation of the bridge and the installation of the ramps and stairs, and we will ensure that the work is carried out at night, when traffic volumes are lower, in order to minimize the disruption to travelers and businesses.
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