Coventry's traffic-busting £61million A46 flyover to open on Friday - just in time for the Commonwealth Games - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Coventry's traffic-busting £61million A46 flyover to open on Friday - just in time for the Commonwealth Games

THE CONGESTION-busting £61million A46 flyover is set to open in Coventry at 6am on Friday, July 29 – just in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Motorists will get a welcome boost from the 14,000-tonne road which separates long distance and local traffic and means motorists on the A46 will no longer need to slow down to use the roundabout.

This will cut traffic, as well as make journeys safer.

Drivers using the new road for the first time are being advised there is a temporary 40mph speed limit in place with two lanes running in each direction while some remaining work takes place elsewhere on the structure.

The A46 links the East and West Midlands by connecting Coventry and Warwickshire to the motorway network.

National Highways Regional Director for the Midlands Andrew Jinks said: “We’re all excited to see the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham and the opening of the new £61m flyover at Binley is a fantastic milestone to mark the occasion.

“We know people will be travelling from far and wide to come and witness sporting history and we expect the roads around the Midlands are likely to be busier than normal.

“If spectators are travelling to the event by car, we’d encourage them to familiarise themselves with their route and to check the official website before setting off.

“Our website also has live updates of incidents across England’s major A-road and motorway network and is well worth a look.”

Work will still be taking place at Binley until autumn with slip road closures required while teams complete the final stages of the project.

A diversion route for affected traffic will be signposted.

Elsewhere, roadworks on the M6 between Junctions 4 (Coleshill) and 5 (Castle Bromwich) have also been lifted to help drivers have smoother journeys around Birmingham and avoid impacting on visitors travelling around the region.

Work to install a new concrete barrier in the central reservation has recently been completed.

The work will replace the existing steel restraint and is designed to prevent traffic crossing over into oncoming vehicles travelling in the opposite direction in the event of an impact.

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