M5 Closure J8 - J11 Southbound, Gloucestershire. Saturday 21 March 2015
The M5 in Gloucestershire was closed on Saturday 21 March between J8 – J11 due to an overturned HGV. The scene of the incident was between J9 – J10. The HGV ruptured its fuel tank spilling 600 litres of fuel across the carriageway. This substantial diesel spillage and the resulting lifting and recovery operation necessitated the full closure.
Shortly before 05:40 in the early morning an overturned HGV was reported by Gloucestershire Police and was reacted to with attendance by Highways Agency Traffic Officers and contractors to assist our Police colleagues, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service and South West Ambulance Service with the initial response. Thankfully the HGV driver did not sustain serious injury, however the incident was to be very protracted due to the resulting complications of the accident.
At 07:15 a decision was taken to close the motorway from J8 (Strensham) to J11 (Gloucester) to facilitate the traffic flow utilising the existing pre-determined ‘Emergency Diversion Route’ following the solid square symbol via the M50, A417 and A40 routes.
From early stages of this incident it was clearly evident that a prolonged closure would be required due to the shed load clearance, vehicle recovery operation and most significantly a requirement to resurface the road due to the damage to the carriageway surface. Our contractors commenced this operation as soon as the HGV was righted and recovered and the large amount of debris cleared. A number of plant and recovery vehicles assisted with this task at the scene.
During the late morning and the early afternoon, inevitable long delays began to emerge and our Highways Agency Traffic Officers patrolled the routes and assisted with various traffic management measures to keep the diversion route moving fluidly. Most notably, the M50 J1 westbound exit slip road was closed. M5 southbound delays were most prominent from J7 near Worcester. Throughout the afternoon and into the early evening our contractors worked as quickly as possible to restore the southbound carriageway.
At 20:00 following completion of resurfacing and white lining the carriageway surface, the M5 motorway was fully re-opened southbound from J8 to J11 including the southbound entry slip roads within the closure by our Highways Agency Traffic Officers and contractors.
Throughout this incident, Highways Agency updated customers via our website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ and via our regional twitter feeds @HATraffic_swest @HATraffic_wmids.
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