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Highways Agency (National): M5 J21 Weston-super-mare – Junction Improvement Work

Press Release   •   Feb 11, 2011 10:09 GMT

The Highways Agency will start work to widen the exit sliproad at junction 19 of the M5 near Weston-super-mare on 14 February

The three week scheme, which will include drainage installation, surfacing, white lining and new barrier erection, will provide an addition lane on the exit sliproad.

Northbound and southbound lane closures half a mile prior to the junction will be required while the work is taking place but these has been scheduled during overnight and off-peak periods to minimize inconvenience to road users. A 50 mph speed limit will also be in place.

Highways Agency Project Sponsor, Mark Arberry said:

“During peak periods there is queuing onto the M5 for drivers wishing to exit the motorway at junction 21.

“The widening of the sliproad has been designed to respond to traffic levels and improve safety at this busy junction.

“The work is taking place overnight and during off-peak periods to reduce the inconvenience to road users but we advised people to allow slightly longer for their journeys.”

Notes to editors

1. Lane closures half a mile prior to junction 19 will be:
February 14 to18: Two lanes closed northbound between 8pm to 6am.
February 18 to19: Two lanes closed northbound and southbound between 8pm and 6am.
February 21 to28: Two lanes closed southbound 8pm to 6am.
February 26 to 27: One lane closed southbound between 10am and 3pm.
February 28 to March 1: Southbound hard shoulder closed between 10am and 3pm.
March 4 to 5: Two lanes closed between 8pm and 6am.
March 5 to 6: Hard shoulder and two lanes closed between 8pm and 6am.

2. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England's motorways and major A roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
3. In the South West, day-to-day running and maintenance of the motorway network and strategic A roads is managed by two Area Performance Team. Each area team has a main, Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) which delivers routine maintenance, improvements and winter service arrangements such as gritting as well as providing Incident Support Units (ISUs) to help with traffic management and cleaning after incidents on motorways and Highways Agency A roads. 
4. We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed. 
5. Real-time traffic information for England's motorways and major A roads is available:
- From our Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".
- From the web at or if using a phone or mobile device. 
Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it's safe and legal before you call.
6. For general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website, or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). 
7. Safety at roadworks 
The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:
- Keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time - don't keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works' traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs - they are there to help you.
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