Road managers have denied the West Midlands is set to face more roadworks misery to fix potholes after a 20-foot wide hole caused widespread disruption yesterday.
Motorists were delayed after the hole, caused by a combination of heavy lorries and rainwater, appeared at
8.15am yesterday on the link road from the M6 junction 8 southbound to the M5.
The road was reduced to one lane for the remainder of the day, causing long tailbacks. The road was expected to reopen in time for this morning's rush hour.
West Midlands motorways endured an unprecedented level of concurrent roadworks last year thanks to potholes opening up on two M6 viaducts over the conurbation.
The £10 million scheme saw disruptive work on the Ray Hall Viaduct, and Bromford Viaduct as well as further resurfacing on the Aston Expressway.
A Highways Agency spokeswoman denied the latest pothole would mean fresh resurfacing. "These holes do occur from time to time but there are no plans to change the priority for resurfacing this link road."