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Final phase of M48 Severn Bridge work set to begin

Drivers are advised to plan ahead as the final phase of work to create a free-flowing motorway with a 70mph speed limit on the M48 Severn Bridge gets under way. 

The work, which includes constructing a central reservation, installing kerbs, gullies and signage as well as safety fencing and barriers, resurfacing and road marking will require two weeks of full overnight closures between 8pm and 6am each night from Monday, 10 June until Monday, 24 June. 
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Two full weekend closures are also required: 

  • 6am Saturday 15 June to 6am Monday 17 June  
  • 6am Saturday 22 June to 6am Monday 24 June 

Drivers are asked to use the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge as an alternative route.

While the road is closed Highways England will also be taking the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance work with teams working on opposite sides of the carriageway each night to fully utilise the closures and get as much done as possible.  Overnight closures for alternate carriageways are also planned between 24 June and 6 July while this maintenance work is completed.  This should avoid further closures for maintenance in future.

Hannah Milliner, Highways England Severn Bridges General Manager, said:

“This is the final push to create our free-flowing motorway with a 70mph speed limit and while we appreciate it will have some impact on drivers we have worked hard to keep this to an absolute minimum, especially as there are other works in the area scheduled at the same time.

“We have analysed traffic flows carefully to check there is no significant risk of disruption and will be keeping our customers fully informed of diversions and suggested routes via signing and the media.

“We would ask that drivers plan their journeys and follow signing carefully to avoid being delayed more than necessary and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during these essential works.”

Highways England’s traffic officers will be monitoring traffic flows from the Regional Operations Centre and advising drivers via signage where necessary.

Work on the M4 Prince of Wales bridge was completed at the end of May and it has already been returned to a 70mph motorway.  

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