A NEW online public exhibition on improvements being made to the M5 was launched on Wednesday (July 29).
The display has been created by Highways England which is behind the scheme to create a smart motorway from Junction 4a (the M42) to Junction 6 (Worcester).
Both the northbound and southbound carriageways will be upgraded to increase capacity, with the hard shoulder being converted into a traffic lane.
Signs and technology will tell drivers which speed to drive at if lanes are blocked or closed and it will warn them of incidents up ahead. Work is set to begin on the project in autumn.
As well as giving a valuable insight into the work, the virtual exhibition, which will be available to view until November 30, will give people the opportunity to view and comment on the scheme.
Janice Allen, Highways England project lead, said: “We believe this will be a much more convenient and innovative way to inform road users, the local community and our stakeholders about the construction work and its possible implications, for both those living close to the motorway and those using the motorway on a regular basis.”
Sir Anthony Winnington, the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, has already taken a closer look at the online exhibit. He said: “It is impressive and useful to know that Highways England is working hard behind the scenes to put together programmes to make the roads safer, and that it is using technology to update a number of these to smart motorways including the M5 junctions 4a to 6.”
Visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m5-junctions-4a-to-6/ to check out the exhibition.