A48 roadworks moved to off-peak working
Following congestion this morning, the resurfacing works on the A48 at Stroat between Tidenham and Woolaston will be changed to avoid rush hour queues.
Resurfacing work began today (20th April) to improve the A48 at Stroat. The A48 is an important road for thousands of commuters and businesses, but following years of heavy use the surface is in need of repair.
Whilst a full closure was initially planned to reduce the length of time the works took, following concerns from local residents, the scheme has been changed to cut rush hour congestion.
To carry out the work safely it is necessary to close the road to traffic between 9.30am and 3.30pm each week day.
Two diversions are in place, one for heavy goods vehicles via the A4136, Monmouth, the A40 and A449 and another for lighter traffic via the A4136, Monmouth and A466 however local traffic may know of shorter routes.
The A48 is a major route through the county and the area is already becoming congested so Gloucestershire County Council is asking drivers to plan their journeys in advance and to avoid the area at closure times if at all possible.
The road will be open at all other times so traffic will not be affected during the morning rush hour, in the evenings, at night times or at weekends.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "I was very concerned to hear about the disruption in parts of the Forest of Dean this morning. The works on the A48 are an important part of our investment into improving the condition of Gloucestershire's roads - but this has clearly caused more problems than expected. From tomorrow, the works will only be operating outside peak hours. Whilst this will extend the duration of the scheme, we hope that it will lessen the impact on local residents and businesses."
"Our resurfacing work will really improve this part of the A48 and we're doing all we can to minimise delays."
The county council appreciates that the diversions are long but legally must publicise an alternative route using equivalent A roads. People living locally, driving cars and small vans are welcome to use other alternative routes that they are aware of.
Arrangements have been made for local school buses, and access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.
The work is now scheduled to finish on Thursday 12th May and once complete, the new surface is expected to last for more than 20 years.
For enquires please call 08000 514514.