As part of the smart motorway upgrade of the M6, the no longer used Creswell Home Farm bridge is due to be demolished over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of September.
The 250ft bridge is located just north of junction 14 and will be removed to make space for an extra traffic lane in both directions.
The bridge is to be dismantled with the entire 150-tonne centre section lifted clear and taken away in one piece on a 90ft long specialist transporter to a nearby compound.
To safely complete these works a full motorway closure is required, therefore the M6 will be closed in both directions from 8pm on Saturday 22 September 2018 and reopen on Sunday 23 September 2018, as soon as work allows.
The dismantling and removal could take up to 24 hours, however the construction team are hoping to complete the work in 12 hours.
A spokesperson said:
“We cannot demolish the bridge safely with traffic using the M6; therefore we must close the motorway. Traffic will be diverted off the M6 between junctions 14 and 15 and will use the A34 Stone Road as the diversion route.
“This route has been agreed with Stoke City and Staffordshire County Highways and will be kept clear of other works during the demolition, including Western Power’s work which is currently underway.
“To reduce M6 traffic on the day, we will be using our electronic signage to advise drivers of the closure from as far away as Dover and Carlisle. Motorists and hauliers travelling between the North West and the Midlands and South of England will be urged to avoid the area by using the M62 and M1.
“Drivers are warned to expect delays and urged to avoid the area if possible, while allowing lots of extra time for essential journeys.
“Work is underway with emergency services, social care providers and other key organisations to ensure they are able to maintain their services while this work is taking place.”
Stone has been subject to many roadworks in the past 12 months, and there is a fear that the newly started works at the A34 / A51 junction at Aston would cause significant delays.
Staffordshire County Council has confirmed to A Little Bit of Stone that it planned to remove the lane closures near the roundabout over the weekend to allow the diverted M6 traffic through.