THE LYDIATE Ash island which links the A38 and M5 will be out of actions for the first weekend of half-term.
The roadworks, part of a £11million Government scheme, will take place from 10.30pm next Friday (February 13) until 6am on the following Monday (February 16).
The island will be closed to allow a mobile crane access to install two concrete bridge beams over the motorway so the island can be widened from three lanes to four to help ease congestion.
Traffic will be diverted in both directions – drivers will have to leave the M5 at the exit slip road and travel over the island before getting back onto the motorway using the slip road on the other side.
People have been warned of potential delays.
The island will also be closed the following weekend at the same times if construction work needs to be cancelled for any reason such as adverse weather conditions.
Debbie Makinde, the Highways Agency’s project sponsor, said they had planned the work very carefully to create as little disruption as possible.
“The diversion in place is very short and this shouldn’t inconvenience drivers too much.
“Drivers should still plan their journeys however, allowing extra time if necessary, while we complete this phase of works.”
Visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/M5-Junction-4-improvements for more.