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Motorists warned of M69 roadworks
Motorists should have less spray problems on the new look M69
A 6m project aims to improve safety on a motorway linking the M1 at Leicester and the M6 at Coventry.

The resurfacing and bridgeworks scheme will see 22 weeks of roadworks on the Leicestershire stretch of the M69.

The work, starting on 21 January, will see a new cover laid on top of the noisy 1970s concrete surface, which also aims to reduce spray when raining.

There will be also be drainage, safety fencing and road markings but motorists are warned to allow for delays.

The Highways Agency said that to reduce the need for lengthy carriageway works, the old surface will not be removed, but will be overlaid with the new bituminous material.

New techniques

The parapets on South Leicester Railway and Thorneyfields Farm bridges will be also be upgraded.

Highways Agency project manager Geoff Bevan said: "The new surfacing material will improve driving conditions on the M69, reduce traffic noise levels and reduce spray when it is raining.

"To minimise traffic disruption, we are using the latest time-saving resurfacing techniques.

"However road users should allow extra time for their journeys, particularly during the two overnight closures in March."

The M69 was built to replace a stretch of the A46 between Coventry and Leicester, with the A46 providing a major route through the Midlands stretching from Lincolnshire to Bath.


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