Major road investment for South West
The Highways Agency has revealed a £106m investment in road improvements across the South West, which could support economic growth in the region.
A total of £77m will be spent on maintenance schemes and a further £29m on improvements. Work is expected to continue until April 2015.
"The country is in the early stages of the biggest road improvement programme since the 1970s and this is excellent news for road users in the South West," said Highways Agency director Andrew Page-Dove.
"While this means more roadworks in the short term the agency is carrying out this large programme of work, as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to invest in the economy and support growth."
The M5 junction 16 slip road will be widened and the southbound slip at junction 17 near Bristol will be resurfaced. Work will begin in the coming months. The approach to the A40 roundabout at Gloucester will also be widened and left turn lanes will be added to the Cartgate Roundabout on the A303 near Yeovil.
An £18m programme of repairs will be carried out on four M5 bridges in Gloucester, along with £5.4m on joint replacement and waterproofing on the Huntsworth Viaduct near Bridgewater.
Major drainage repairs on the A36 between Claverton and Dundas are also scheduled for early 2015.
Highways Agency area manager Dave Sledge added: "These schemes form part of a major investment in the roads infrastructure and the agency understands that while this will have a positive benefit for South West roads and economy, there will also be disruption to drivers during any roadworks.
"Every effort is being taken to make sure the work is taking place in a coordinated way and that schemes are delivered in a manner that minimises the impact on drivers, but the number of schemes taking place means drivers will experience a greater number of roadworks over the next year."