A timelapse video showing giant steel beams being lifted into place over the M1 near Dunstable as part of a £162M road project to boost Bedfordshire’s economy has been released by Highways England.
Thirty eight, 100t beams were installed during March and April 2016 for a new junction 11A interchange bridge and new B579 Luton Road bridge as part of the A5-M1 Link scheme.
The project includes the building of a new dual carriageway linking the A5 to the M1, three new junctions including a new motorway junction, and six new bridges.
Highways England said that in delivering the scheme it would unlock up to 40ha of land for businesses and provide the infrastructure for 7,000 homes to be built to the north of Houghton Regis. It will also provide better access to the M1 and reduce congestion in Dunstable.
“The A5-M1 Link scheme is progressing well and to plan,” said Highways England project manager Karen Green.
“Lifting the beams for these two bridges was an important milestone for the A5-M1 Link Road project, which will offer motorists better and safer journeys and help reduce congestion through Dunstable as well as unlock land for new homes and businesses.”
The two new bridges will be opened to traffic closer to the scheme completion in spring 2017.