As part of the BMV joint venture, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure is delivering the refurbishment of the Oldbury viaduct, which stretches for 1.8 miles between junctions 1 and 2 of the M5 in the West Midlands.
Built in 1970, the road is one of the busiest routes in the country, carrying 120,000 vehicles a day across six lanes through Sandwell, to the west of Birmingham.
The project features removal and replacement of old surfacing; concrete repairs; waterproofing; addition of a new concrete central barrier; replacement of drainage pipework, plus installation of new communications systems and overhead gantries.
Our work focuses both on resurfacing the road itself, and repairing the underside of the viaduct. To carry out the work below the viaduct the team installs scaffolding underneath the motorway and surrounds it with polythene to prevent dust and other materials from escaping. On its route the elevated motorway crosses railway lines, canals and other roads, which adds to the complexity of the scaffolding required.
To help reduce congestion on local roads, the M5 and junctions 1 and 2 will remain open throughout the scheme.
The project team is working to coordinate events with local charities and community groups.
We have recruited 20 apprentices locally to the project, with a view to gaining skilled training and experience of scaffolding, hydro-demolition or concrete repair.