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M5 closure list announced for junction 21

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: August 02, 2013

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Significant work is planned by Costain on behalf of North Somerset Council for junction 21 Weston-super-Mare on the M5

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A CALENDAR of M5 closures for those entering or leaving Cheddar Valley via Weston-super-Mare has been announced.

August will be a busy time for M5 junction 21 with contractor Costain doing multi-million pound improvements on the road surface.

North Somerset Council executive member for transport Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said: “Throughout this project we have worked closely with our contractors to limit the number of closures needed and, where possible, we have only closed one lane at a time to allow roads to remain open.

“But, in some cases it is necessary to close whole sections of junction 21 and its slip roads. These full closures will only happen overnight and will be signed at least a week in advance to minimise disruption.”

The closure calendar:

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday 11: Two nights, 8pm-5am. Full closure of exit slip road from M5 southbound (from Bristol/Clevedon).

Motorway traffic will be advised to either leave at junction 20 (Clevedon) or junction 22 (Burnham) with the diversion going to junction 22 (Burnham) and back.

Sunday, August 11: One day, 5am-8pm. Lane closure on exit slip road from M5 southbound (from Bristol/Clevedon). One lane will remain open.

Motorway traffic will be advised to either leave at junction 20 (Clevedon) or junction 22 (Burnham).

Monday, August 12 to Thursday 15: Four nights, 9.30pm to 6am each night. Full closure of the eastern side of junction 21 roundabout from the southbound exit (from Bristol/ Clevedon) to the southbound entry (to Bridgwater/Taunton) slip roads.

These roads will be closed:

Exit slip road from M5 southbound (from Bristol/Clevedon);

Road from junction 21 to A370 towards Bristol;

A370 from Bristol where it joins junction 21;

Entry slip road to M5 southbound (Bridgwater/Taunton).

Motorway traffic will be advised to either leave at junction 20 (Clevedon) or junction 22 (Burnham).

A370 traffic heading from the Bristol direction wanting to travel southbound on the motorway will be diverted down to junction 22 (Burnham) via Hewish and Congresbury (A370), across to the A38 along the B3133, then to junction 22 (Burnham).

Traffic heading out of Weston to junction 21 will be diverted via the A371 past Locking, Banwell, Sandford and Churchill where they can join the A38 and go down to junction 22 (Burnham) for the motorway, or use the B3133 to link back to Congresbury to rejoin the A370 heading to Bristol.

Friday, August 16: One night, 8pm-5am. Full closure of A370 leaving Weston between Morrisons roundabout and the B3340 slip road from St Georges.

The diversion will go past Hutton Moor Leisure Centre and onto B3340 (Locking Road, New Bristol Road and Bristol Road) to link back to St Georges slip road and the A370.

Sunday, August 18 to Tuesday 20: Three nights, 8pm-5am each night. Full closure of B3340 slip road from St Georges.

Diversions using the B3340 (Bristol Road, New Bristol Road and Locking Road) via Locking Moor Road to join the A370 dual carriageway at Somerset Avenue.

Wednesday, August 21: One night, 8pm-5am. Full closure of exit slip road from M5 northbound (from Bridgwater/Taunton).

Motorway traffic will be advised to either leave at junction 22 (Burnham) or junction 20 (Clevedon) with the diversion up to junction 20 (Clevedon) and back down to 21.

There may also be some overnight lane closures, but these should not impact traffic as they will be off peak.

A closure of the A370 dual carriageway heading into Weston overnight on September 18 is also expected, to reinstall the signage gantry over the road, as well as more closures in the area in October for resurfacing.

Details will be available online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/westonpackage as soon as the programme is confirmed.

Diversion maps of all the routes above are also available online at this address.

Keep up with all the breaking news, traffic dramas, human interest and more in the Cheddar Valley at www.cheddarvalleygazette.co.uk.

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