Images show a new bridge being put in place over the A45

Images have been released which show a new bridge being put in place over the A45. The time-lapse images, released by National Highways, capture the process by which a 92 tonne pedestrian and cycle bridge was installed in the carriageway at Solihull near J6 of the M42 last weekend.

National Motorways says the new bridge means people will be able to walk and cycle safely on the A45 to travel between Bickenhill and Catherine-de-Barnes, the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport . The bridge, with a span of almost 60 m, was put in place on the evening of Saturday April 30 by a team of 30 technical specialists and engineers.

It was fitted as part of a £282m upgrade to J6 on the M42. The project is being implemented to reduce traffic congestion for motorists and support future economic growth.

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Anita Prashar, National Highways Program Manager, said: “This new time-lapse video shows the methodical and intricate work of putting the new bridge in place as part of our upgrade to M42 J6. benefits the local community as well as motorists and this new footbridge will make crossing the A45 much safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The installation of the walkway is a key milestone in the project and we are making good progress on upgrading J6 which, when complete, will make journeys much smoother for motorists.

The new pedestrian bridge being put in place over the A45 on Saturday 30 April

To ensure the safety of motorists and responders, the A45 was closed to traffic on Saturday evening. The road reopened at 7.45am on Sunday May 1 following the successful installation of the bridge.

Project Director at Skanska, Chris Good, said: “Since the start of the project over 18 months ago, we have been working to deliver this critical infrastructure. It involved an incredible amount of design, planning and logistical management and we are delighted to have completed it successfully, safely and on schedule.

“The collaborative approach of our entire team, National Highways, Mott MacDonald, Skanska and supply chain, has led to this success.”

Congestion and poor journey reliability have limited investment and economic growth around the M42 at J6. Having nearly reached capacity, the junction became a bottleneck, causing delays throughout the network.

View of the work in progress at the M42 J6 as part of the work to improve the flow of motorists' routes
View of the work in progress at the M42 J6 as part of the work to improve the flow of motorists’ routes

When completed, the project will support planned development by improving access to HS2, the NEC, Birmingham Airport and future developments such as UK Central Solihull.

As part of the upgrade, National Highways is constructing the following:

* A new 2.4km dual carriageway link road, aligned west of Bickenhill

* A new junction (5a) on the M42, approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 J6 (Solihull)

* Two new roundabouts north of the B4102 Solihull Road on either side of the M42

For more information on the scheme, click here.

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