North Devon junction of the M5 will be closed this weekend

J27 M5 northbound slip road will be shut

The northbound Junction 27 slip road on the M5 will be shut from Friday, January 8 until Monday, January 11 - Credit: n/a

The North Devon exit of the M5 at Junction 27 will be partly closed from Friday to Monday this weekend. 

Highways England has issued an early warning of the northbound closure to motorists due to the need for essential bridge work. 

But in an update issued on Thursday, January 7, it said the Junction 27 northbound exit slip will be open for access to the A361 (Tiverton) and not completely closed.

Northbound traffic wishing to exit the M5 at Junction 27 for the A38 (Wellington) will be diverted to Junction 26, returning southbound to exit at Junction 27 to continue their journeys.

Alternative diversions will be in place for non-motorway traffic and signed on the local road network.

People travelling from the A361 and A38 will still be able to access the M5 via the northbound entry slip road at Junction 27.

The refurbishment of the Sampford Peverell gyratory bridge will run from 9pm on Friday, January 8 until 6am on Monday, January 11. 

M5 Junction 27

M5 Junction 27 - Credit: Highways England

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The work, which involves concrete repairs to the bridge deck, waterproofing, resurfacing and lining and replacement of bridge joints, will mean a closure of the north deck carriageway of the bridge. 

A full weekend closure of the southbound Junction 27 exit slip road is also planned for later in the year. 

Overnight work will continue on the refurbishment scheme in the meantime, and ahead of this weekend’s closure, Highways England has advised those needing to make essential journeys to plan ahead and allow a little extra time. 

With the coronavirus lockdown in force, people should only be travelling for essential work or family reasons.

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