Bowbridge Canal Bridge improvements
During the 1950s the canal at Bowbridge Lock was filled in and an embankment constructed to allow the road, Butterrow Hill, to be widened to two lanes where it crossed the Cotswold Canal and the River Frome.
In the past few years Stroud District Council and the Cotswold Canal Trust have been working on re-opening the canal along the River Frome valley, to allow access for boats along the canal, and pedestrians along the adjacent towpath. Bowbridge has been a blockage to this opening of the canal, and a scheme to rectify this has been planned for several years.
In partnership with Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire County Council and their contractor Britannia are undertaking the construction and project management of the scheme. Following a review of the design, the scheme now includes the restoration of the towpath and the current single lane arrangement across the bridge will be made permanent. Work is due to resume on the 23 January 2017. The scheme is expected to be completed by late Spring 2017.
The scheme consists of:
- The towpath is to be extended from under the old arch bridge and is to continue up steps to reach the towpath level to the north of the bridge
- Road width reduced to one lane over the bridge with give and take signing
- Brick parapet wall to be constructed on the north side of the arch bridge adjacent to the road
- Creation of new footway alongside the brick parapet wall on the north side of the bridge
- A wall is to be built along the canal on the west side to support the bank leading up to the new road into the Newland Homes estate
- Support works for gas and sewerage services
Information relating to the improvements can be downloaded on the right.