This is when a 750 crane and fleet of trucks stormed the M6 at Junction 10 before it closed over the weekend.
Motorists have been urged to avoid the Walsall motorway section as there is major work going on to install a new bridge.
During the work, 44 m long steel bridge girders, each weighing 90 to 120 tonnes, will be suspended from junction 10 of the motorway.
Read more: Large M6 junction set for weekend closure for bridge installation
To ensure the safety of workers and road users, the M6 will be closed in both directions from Friday, August 6th, 8:00 p.m. to Monday, August 9th, 6:00 a.m. while the bridge girder lift takes place.
There will be a detour for traffic leaving the motorway at exit 10, crossing the roundabout and then rejoining the M6 on the other side.
(Image: Motorways England)
Highways England Project Manager Annie Hyett said, “Both the custom crane and the five braced pairs of steel girders have been moved to the area and we are ready to continue this important work that is planning to be a major milestone in this much-needed work .
“We know that this is a busy intersection and would only close the motorway in an absolute emergency. Once this work is complete, it will clear the traffic jams that have plagued drivers, businesses and local communities for some time.
“It is likely that there may be significant delays at times, and we ask everyone who will be on the M6 this weekend or in the vicinity to look for alternative routes if possible and to allow additional time for the journeys.”
The work is part of a £ 78 million redesign of the Walsall Junction that will replace the 50-year-old bridges over the M6 and double the number of lanes around the junction from two to four.
Highways England and Walsall Council, supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, have teamed up to fund the jam-free upgrade. The contractor John Sisk & Son carries out the work.
The traffic jam at Junction 10 has been identified as one of the region’s major traffic problems in the West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan.
In addition to work on the junction itself, the west direction of the heavily trafficked Black Country Route from junction 10 to Marshlands Way will be expanded from two to three lanes.
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