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By Tristan Harris Thursday 09 January 2014 Updated: 11/01 01:28
USERS of the Bromsgrove and Droitwich stretch of the M5 are facing speed restrictions between now and the summer as part of a £27.3m maintenance programme which began on Monday.
A new central reservation rigid concrete barrier will replace the existing steel one from Junction 4a, at the M42, and Junction 6 for Worcester.
The changes will improve safety on the carriageway and support a future Smart Motorway scheme, which helps reduce congestion by monitoring traffic flow and using the hard shoulder during peak times to provide extra capacity. It is also much cheaper than the more expensive option of widening the motorway.
While the work is taking place, there will be three narrow lanes of traffic, using the hard shoulder as one of the lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in force.
That will ensure a smooth flow of traffic and reduce the risk to road users and those working on the motorway.
The area where it is taking place will be monitored by CCTV cameras and a free recovery service is available.
As well as the central reservation improvements, there will also be some drainage work and the installation of traffic management technology, such as CCTV cameras.
A stretch of 450m - between Junction 4a and 5 - will also have its lighting columns removed as they are deemed to be no longer fit for purpose.
Anyone wanting more information about the works can call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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