Drivers have been warned to expect disruption while part of the M1 is closed this weekend.
The closure will impact all drivers travelling between Junction 23A and 24 of the motorway, including football fans and people catching flights at the nearby East Midlands Airport.
The southbound carriageway was closed at 10pm yesterday (11 May) and the northbound carriageway was shut at midnight. Both carriageways will reopen at 3pm on Sunday 13 May.
The closure is to allow a new road bridge to be put in place, as well as carry out essential waterproof works to existing bridges.
A diversion, using the A453 Ashby Road, will be in place in both directions (see diagram below).
A spokesman for the project said: “As the M1 is one of the UK’s busiest motorways, we expect significant congestion and delays along this diversion route and the motorway.”
“Therefore we advise drivers to avoid this area if possible and allow for extra time for their journey – in particular if travelling to East Midlands Airport.”
Traffic was stopped for more than four hours on Friday morning on the northbound carriageway of the same stretch of motorway.
This was after a truck was involved in a crash and shed its load.
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