Overrunning roadworks cause M5 closure and traffic chaos
PUBLISHED: 07:52 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 26 June 2018
Chaos on the M5 and in Weston-super-Mare has ensued this morning (Tuesday), after planned motorway roadworks overran.
The M5 is closed southbound between Junction 21 and Junction 22, Burnham-on-Sea, leaving traffic gridlocked between Clevedon and Weston with delays of 40 minutes.
The closure is causing congestion throughout Weston, particularly on the A370 with cars following a diversion through the town to East Brent and the A38 before rejoining the M5 at Junction 22.
Roads in villages around Weston, particularly Yatton and Congresbury, are also clogged following the closure.
The roadworks were due to finish at 6am, but the AA reports the new road surface needs to cool down and set before the M5 can be reopened.
Highways England reports the closure will be in place until at least 8am.
UPDATE – 8.45am: Highways England reports the southbound slip road has reopened, and the main carriageway will open shortly.