Warning for drivers as stretch of M54 to close for six weeks overnight
Drivers will be diverted for six weeks when a stretch of motorway on the M54 is shut overnight from April.
The work will see the westbound carriageway, from Junction 10A of the M6 for Essington to Junction 2 of the M54 near the i54 business estate, closed from 8pm until 6am.
Work will begin on April 3 and clearly signed diversion routes will be put in during the necessary closures, which have been agreed with the Staffordshire County Council.
It is expected that the work will be finished on May 10.
A 11-minute diversion will see traffic taken through the A460 in Featherstone and Shareshill, along the M6 until Junction 12, the A5 to Gailey roundabout and down the A449 near Four Ashes.
Traffic will be diverted along the A449 Stafford Road near Four Ashes,
Highways England is advising all motorists to stick to the signed diversion routes as they have been chosen with both ‘suitability and safety in mind’.
Mark Round, spokesman for Highway England urged motorists to be patient while the work is carried out.
He added: “This is essential safety work to replace the road surface, which has deteriorated.
“The work will be done overnight while the road is at its quietest.
“We’d like to thank motorists for their patience while this work is done.”
Staffordshire County Councillor for South Staffordshire, David Williams, said urged motorists to take care when following diversions through residential areas.
“It is going to put a strain on the A460 and obviously it is going to slow a lot of things up,” he added.
“But if it is essential maintenance hopefully it will be done quickly.
“It will cause issues – particularly coming through my area – and it is a bit of a shame but if it is roadworks then it really has to be done.
“At least it is going to be done overnight so it is trying to help the day’s slog as they say.
“I just want to add to motorists, please aware and be conscientious because you are driving through areas where people live.”