Highways England will dismantle a bridge that overlooks the M6, as part of major upgrade work of the motorway.
Located just north of Stafford, the 800-tonne bridge will be removed within a spell of 24 hours, with the materials set to be recycled and used during the construction of the upgraded M6.
The work is required to make way for a smart motorway in the area.
As we have seen with the M60 in Manchester, these revolutionary transport upgrades provide extra lanes and the technology installed helps to ease congestion and control traffic depending on any issues on the motorways.
The need for demolition of the 250ft bridge, and why it is making way, are explained by Peter Smith, Highways England smart motorways project sponsor.
He said: “This is part of our plan to ultimately improve journeys in this area by adding extra capacity and technology to the motorway.
“The bridge is no longer in use and is too narrow for the upgraded motorway which will have an extra lane in each direction. Demolishing it is a big and complex job and to do it safely we need to use both carriageways of the motorway, which means it will be closed for up to 24 hours.
“We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption through and that is why we are arranging to take the centre section away in one piece, rather than breaking it up which would take more time.”
The work will take place between junction 14 and 15 on 22 and 23 September.
It will ultimately help with the increase of capacity on the 17-mile stretch of the M6 between junctions 13 and 15, which will get the smart motorway treatment, by turning the hard shoulder into an extra lane and up-to-date technology will keep traffic moving.
Highways England understand the economic significance of the M6 and the smart motorway will help to boost this further – starting with the demolition of the bridge.