Months of delays as roadworks planned for Aston Expressway in Birmingham

Major roadworks are to take place on the M6 and Aston Expressway in Birmingham which will cause months of disruption.

Months of delays as roadworks planned for Aston Expressway in Birmingham

The work is being carried out to protect Spaghetti Junction which will begin on June 27.

They will take place on junction six of the M6 and the A38(M) Aston Expressway non stop for up to 24 weeks.

Bosses of Highways England say the work is necessary to protect the busy junction in years to come.

Highways England project manager, Jess Kenny, said: "We need to work now to ensure this part of Spaghetti Junction is protected for years to come.

"If we don't act now, water will cause more and more damage in the structure: corroding the steel reinforcement bars and causing damage to the concrete itself. Leaving it alone is not really an option: and would mean bigger and more disruptive roadworks in future."

It will see the Aston Expressway's out-of-city carriageway closed at night time, a 30mph speed limit implemented on the route and its tidal (flow) lane closed off for during the roadworks.

Additional works are planned to take place during the school holiday with full weekend closures of the A38(M) and junction six of the M6 starting from July 22.

The closures will be in place for up to seven weekends.

Effective from Monday 27 June:

A38(M) Aston Expressway – out of city

• Night time closures on the out of city carriageway

Effective from Friday 1 July:

Closures will be introduced on the Aston Expressway, Park Circus and Salford Circus. Affected roads:

A38(M) Aston Expressway – into and out of city

• The centre lane (tidal flow lane) will be coned off for the duration of the work

• Three narrow lanes open out of the city

• 30mph speed limits will be in operation for the safety of our workforce

• Free recovery will be available

Park Circus:

• Northbound on slip will be closed for the duration of the works

• No access to the Aston Expressway

Salford Circus:

• No access to the northbound M6 from Lichfield Road and Tyburn Road

• No access to the southbound M6 from Lichfield Road and Tyburn Road

Affected roads from 22 July (daytime)

A38(M) Aston Expressway:

• The out of city carriageway will be reduced to two open lanes

Affected roads from 22 July (weekend closures):

A38(M) Aston Expressway (from city)

• No access to the Expressway or M6

• Closed prior to the two dedicated lanes that drop below the island for Dartmouth Circus

Dartmouth Circus (from city):

• No access to the Expressway

• Closed at Dartmouth Circus (Matalan island)

A38(M) from Aston Expressway (from Erdington):

• No access to the Expressway or M6

• Closed from Erdington / Sutton Coldfield

Park Circus:

• Northbound on slip will be closed for the duration of the works

• No access to the Aston Expressway

Salford Circus:

• No access to the northbound M6 from Lichfield Road / Tyburn Road

• No access to the southbound M6 from Lichfield Road / Tyburn Road

M6 northbound exit slip at junction 6:

• Closed to all traffic

• No exit from the M6

M6 southbound exit slip at junction 6:

• Closed to all traffic

• No exit from the M6

In addition, with the M6 junction 6 exits closed from the northbound and southbound carriageway, a number of suggested alternative routes will then be signed for the duration for the summer works period

M6 junction 4:

• A452 Collector Road to M6 junction 5 then follow junction 5 diversion

M6 junction 5:

• Bromford and A47 Heartlands Parkway and Tyburn Road

M6 junction 7:

• A34 Walsall Road

M5 junction 3:

• A456 Hagley Road

M5 junction 4:

• A38 Bristol Road

A45 Coventry Road:

• Alternative route, but not signed, due to increased holiday traffic and bridge works on A45

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