Motorists are being warned that there will be overnight work on the M1 between junctions 12 and 13 in both directions to install overhead gantries. The work that will be carried out tonight (Friday), tomorrow night, and the nights September 20, 21 and 22, will require traffic being briefly brought to a halt.
In order to carry out the work, the carriageways will be reduced to one lane in each direction after 10pm.
Once this has taken place Bedfordshire Police will slow traffic down and bring it to a stop for a short period of time while the gantry is installed.
Highways Agency project manager Andy Hitch said: “Bringing the traffic temporarily to a stop will allow us to lift the gantry into place and bolt it securely into position.
“Once this is complete the traffic will be able to continue.
“We expect the lifts to take place between midnight and 3am in the morning, although on the Saturday nights the lifts could be as late as 4am to 5am.
“To minimise disruption the work is being carried out overnight when traffic flows are lowest and we do not expect any noise disturbance for nearby residents.”
This gantry installation work is part of the ongoing M1 junction 10 to junction 13 managed motorway scheme.
The work is expected to be complete with all lanes reopened by 6am each morning.
Drivers are reminded to drive carefully through the roadworks and to allow extra time for their journeys.
For up-to-date traffic information and travel advice, visit www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or follow them on Twitter @HAtraffic_east.
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