For once, motorists on the M6 are in for a pleasant surprise – major roadworks are due to be completed two weeks early.
Since July, Birmingham-bound traffic has been unable to leave the motorway at Spaghetti Junction while contractors resurfaced the northbound carriageway.
But on Monday the slip road to the A38 will be reopened, with the #13 million scheme to repair the pothole ridden lanes – and the additional #3 million improvement scheme – both completed.
Sarah Churchill, Highways Agency project sponsor, said: "I am delighted that we have completed this major project ahead of schedule, and in doing so have managed to reopen the sliproad from the M6 into Birmingham two weeks early.
"During the major work to address the problem caused by potholes, we took advantage of the restrictions we had on the M6 and carried out a further #3 million of resurfacing and improvements to avoid future unplanned delays caused by deterioration of the surfacing.
"The renewed section of the M6 will benefit road users and help reduce noise and enhance smoother travel, and this section should last many years without requiring any further major maintenance.
"Our contractors worked around the clock and through their efforts we have managed to finish these works early. I would like to thank users of the M6 and Birmingham commuters for their patience while we carried out these vital repairs."
Resurfacing work on the southbound carriageway was finished in September.