WORK on upgrading barriers on the M6 near Castle Bromwich is set to begin.
National Highways is set to carry out the work to upgrade the central reservation barriers across more than 60 miles of motorway.
The work to replace the steel central reservation with a more modern concrete barrier will begin on the M6 between junctions 4 (Coleshill) and 5 (Castle Bromwich) on March 14 and is set to be completed by autumn.
National Highways say the concrete barrier is stronger than the metal ones and helps to significantly reduce the risk of vehicles crossing over from one carriageway to another.
Paul Unwin, who is overseeing the upgrades for National Highways, said: “Safety is our top priority. Upgrading these barriers will improve journeys and significantly reduce the risk of vehicles crossing over from one carriageway to another, improving safety and reducing the duration of incident-related congestion.
“We will continue to deliver safety enhancements to these motorways, which are among the busiest in the country and are relied on by hundreds of thousands of people every day.”
To minimise disruption while work to upgrade the barrier is carried out, three lanes will remain open to traffic.
However, lane four will be closed and lane three slightly narrowed to protect the workforce carrying out the upgrade.
A 50mph speed limit will also be in place and occasional overnight closures may be required.
Traffic restrictions will be removed for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
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