M49 Avonmouth junction

Construction of a new junction on the M49 in the Avonmouth region.

Region:  South West
Start date:  11 December 2017
Cost:  £38.5 million - £66.6 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  December 2019
Programme:  

Progress report

We’re making great progress on the junction. The slip roads have now been built, and the underpasses are in place underneath the embankments.

We’ve competed pouring the concrete onto the decking of the new bridge; this will form a smooth surface for traffic to drive across.

What's next?

We’ll be installing safety barriers, ducting and kerbs on the completed slip-roads. We need to carry out further concrete pours on the new bridge; these will form robust safety barriers that will protect vehicles from falling onto the road below in the event of a collision. We’ll need to close the motorway while this work is carried out. A diversion route will be in place throughout the closures.

The M49 will be closed to traffic on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 28 August – Thursday 29 August
If we’re unable to complete the concrete pours on the above date, the following contingency date will be used:
  • Friday 30 August – Saturday 31 August

These dates are subject to change so please keep an eye on our live roadworks feed for up to date information.

We always aim to work to the programme; however, unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean we have to make late changes. We’ll notify you of any major amendments within the programme via advance roadside warning signs. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll tweet any changes to the road closures; @HighwaysSWest.

M49 bridge lift

Timeline

Date Event
21 July 2016 Public information event
6 February 2017 Preferred location announcement
11 December 2017 Start of works
April 2018 Start of National Grid works to move gas pipe
Early summer Start building site compound
July 2018 Start of main construction
December 2019 End of construction

News

Traffic management

There are still narrow lanes on both sides of the motorway, and we’re operating a 60mph speed limit on both the southbound and northbound carriageway. Free recovery is in place for breakdowns within our work zone. If affected, please call 07711 001158 for assistance.

Temporary speed cameras are in place to make sure drivers are adhering to the speed limit.

Text message service

If you would like to receive text messages regarding future closures of the M49, we’re now running a text message service. To sign up, please text M49 to 60777. This will cost you the same rate as a standard text message and you can opt out at any point.

Site compound location

Our main site compound is located off Farm Lane, on the east side of the M49 next to the southbound carriageway. Most of our vehicles access the compound directly from the M49. A small number of cars and light vehicles will access the site compound via the industrial estate on the west side of the M49 and over the existing Farm Lane bridge. None of our construction traffic will use the B4055 through Easter Compton.

Contact us

If you have other queries about this scheme you can contact Highways England Information Line by calling 0300 123 5000 or you can email us: M49avonmouthjunction@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Alternatively, please contact Elisabeth Exton, Stakeholder and Communications Manager, who is based on site, and can provide up-to-date information and meetings with interested parties if required:

Why we need this scheme

We have committed, along with Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council, to unlocking the economic potential of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area. It's an important regional employment site and the largest brownfield site in Western Europe. The site is expected to attract new economic activity and associated employment in diverse sectors including energy generation, waste management, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

As the port of Avonmouth and the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area to the west of Bristol currently have no direct access to the M49, it has hindered proposals to support economic growth in the area. The junction on the M49 will open up these areas, ease congestion and contribute to the economic growth of the region.

Aims

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • support economic growth
  • relieve traffic on local roads around the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area
  • improve access to the regional highways network
  • improve road safety by relieving pressure on the local road network

The scheme in detail

The new junction is located to the south of the Western Approach Distribution Park and west of the village of Easter Compton.

The design features a two-bridge junction. It uses the existing bridge at Farm Lane with a second bridge built immediately next to it. The two bridges are incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway. New access and exit slip roads will be built on both sides of the motorway junction so that it connects fully with both northbound and southbound traffic.

The new bridge that we're building over the M49 will include a dedicated lane for walkers, cyclists and other users.

Two stubs will be left on the new roundabout when the scheme is complete. These will allow the junction to be connected to the local road network to support future development in this area.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 9:33 am
Location : The M4 westbound entry slip at junction J22 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:01 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 9:33 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:03 on 18 September 2019 to 06:00 on 2 November 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:48 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:48 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:37 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:03 on 18 September 2019 to 06:00 on 2 November 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:16 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:03 am
Location : The M5 northbound at junction J15 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 19 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:01 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 September 2019 to 06:00 on 1 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 September 2019 to 06:00 on 1 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 September 2019 to 06:00 on 1 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 September 2019 to 06:00 on 1 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A4 westbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A4 eastbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 September 2019 to 06:00 on 1 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A4 westbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The junction of the M5 J18 and the A4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 September 2019 to 06:00 on 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 September 2019 to 5 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 30 October 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M48 eastbound between junction J2 and the M4 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 19:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 27 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J16 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 30 October 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 27 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm

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