South West - Maintenance schemes

Maintenance schemes taking place in the South West region.

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Replacement of street lighting along A36 between St Paul's roundabout and Bourne roundabout.

We will be reducing:

  • lighting columns by 22% from 180 to 140
  • street light bulbs by 41% from 242 to 144
  • illuminated signs by 18% from 106 to 87
  • non-illuminated signs by 50% from 64 to 32

We will also be replacing illuminated bollards with reflective versions.

We predict that the switch from current high pressure sodium lightbulbs to an energy efficient LED system will bring a carbon and energy cost saving of 66%. This will reduce our current predicted running costs from £28,00 to £9.700

Update November 2020

We’re continuing to make good progress despite restrictions during the pandemic.  We’re slightly behind schedule because of changes in the way we work to ensure our workforce remain safe.

The majority of ground work has now been completed and we aim to complete installation of lighting signs and bollards between St Paul’s and St Mark’s roundabouts by December, followed by the Churchill Way East section by Christmas. These dates are however, subject to weather conditions.

 After Christmas we’ll begin work on the final phase of the scheme, the Southampton Road section.  To minimise inconvenience to motorists and residents, while we’re working on the street lighting we’ll also install a new cycleway stretching from the pedestrian crossing outside the college to Bourne Way Roundabout.

We aim to complete these works by the end of March 2021.

The underpass which carries the A303 over the B3095, near Mere is in need of repair. We’ll carry out concrete repairs, re-waterproof, replace bridge joints, and finally replace surfacing and lining.

The bridge which carries the A303 over the River Avon (to the east of Countess roundabout) is in need of repair ahead of our Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme. We’ll carry out concrete repairs, replace the bridge bearings and joints and finally replace surfacing and lining.

The majority of work will be carried out under lane closures. However full overnight closures will be in place for bearing and joint replacement. We’ll work overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest, both directions of travel will be affected.

We’re undertaking works to improve the circulation of traffic to tackle congestion at the M4 junction 15 at Swindon.

Works will include:

  • widening of the A419 southbound approach to M4 junction 15 Commonhead roundabout from 2 to 3 lanes, with a dedicated left lane for London-bound traffic
  • widening of the M4 junction 15 northbound exit to the A419
  • widening of the A346 to the south of M4 junction 15
  • widening of the M4 J15 eastbound exit-slip
  • M4 junction 15 westbound exit-slip road, lengthening of the 3-lane section
  • widening the M4 junction 15 southern circulatory carriageway from 2 to 4 lanes
  • upgrade of existing footpaths and installation of a new signalised pedestrian crossing over the M4 junction 15 westbound entry-slip road

Update - November 2020

We’re continuing to make good progress despite restrictions during the pandemic and changes in the way we work to ensure the safety of our workforce.

Drainage and embankment works are progressing well in the north east corner of the site on the A419.

We’ve started widening both the circulatory and the westbound off-slip and we’ve also cleared vegetation on the southwest corner in readiness for drainage works.

The next phase will see vegetation clearance being carried out on the southeast corner of the A419.  Then we’ll begin reconstruction of the westbound off-slip carriageway, followed by drainage and widening works on both the southeast and southwest quadrants of the circulatory.

Thank you for your patience while these works are carried out. We always aim to work to programme, however adverse weather or unforeseen circumstances may mean changes to our plans. If you have any questions or comments about the work, or would like further information, please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or email us at: info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Please follow us on Twitter at @HighwaysSWEST  or our regional Facebook page to receive up to date information about this and other works in the Southwest, alternatively visit the Traffic England website for details of all our roadworks.

Bridge deck refurbishment to include:

  • Removal and reconstruction of parapet edge beams
  • Full parapet and adjacent safety fencing replacement
  • Replacement of expansion joints
  • Localised concrete repairs
  • Remove existing run-on slabs
  • Re-waterproof and re-surface carriageway and footway decks
Update November 2020

Staverton bridge has been carrying B4634 traffic over the M5 since the 1970s and is now in need of refurbishment. We’re continuing to make good progress despite changes in the way we work to ensure our workforce remain safe during the Covid pandemic. 

 We’ve almost completed phase 1 which was the most complex and time consuming. This involved stripping back part of the top layer of concrete on the bridge deck, carried out full inspections of steel work, replaced damaged steel and added anodes to reduce further concrete and steel deterioration.

Further concrete removal is needed, and this will take place in a series of 13 sections spread across the bridge, to ensure the deck remains stable.

 

Steel inspection works

We are carrying out full refurbishment of the two main bridges that support the M5 J11 Golden Valley gyratory linking the M5 and the A40.  The majority of work will be carried out on the north to south bridges. This 18-month scheme will see removal and reconstruction of ballast walls, concrete repairs to the bridge deck, replacement of bridge bearings, removal and reconstruction of parapet edge beams and safety fencing, and finally waterproofing and resurfacing of the carriageway and footpath. Motorists travelling to Cheltenham or Gloucester may wish to consider using alternative junctions to avoid potential delays. 

The works will be carried out under a full closure of the gyratory. Motorists will be able to join and leave the M5 via the slip roads but will be unable to circle round the gyratory.

Update November 2020

We’re continuing to make good progress despite restrictions during the pandemic and changes in the way we work to ensure the safety of our workforce.

We’ve cleared the area of vegetation, set up welfare facilities, dug site trial holes to check for existing services, prepared access for abutment scaffolding,

Removed bridge deck surfacing and removed deck run on/off slabs.

Deck run on/off slabs removed

Deck run on/off slabs removed

This junction often becomes gridlocked during peak traffic flow.  In order to alleviate congestion we’re reconfiguring the lanes within the exit-slip and roundabout to allow traffic to flow more freely. To minimise disruption to motorists we’re co-ordinating our works with Wales and West Utility Company. 

The work will take place in three phases.  Our preparatory work will begin at the end of June, Wales and West will then carry out their works and finally we’ll return to site to complete our traffic flow improvement works.

We are carrying out full refurbishment of the north and south bridge decks which support the M5 junction 27 Sampford Peverell gyratory linking the M5, A361 and A38. 

The majority of work will be carried out on the north to south bridges. This scheme will see concrete repairs to the bridge deck, waterproofing, resurfacing and lining and replacement of bridge joints.

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