Temporary lights to keep traffic flowing at Berkeley Bridge
On Wednesday 10th August temporary traffic lights will be installed on the A38 bridge so that alternate north and south bound traffic can cross the old bridge while repairs take place.
In 2013, the northbound Berkeley bridge on the A38 was found to be weak so a 30mph speed restriction was put in place to reduce pressure on the structure.
So that it remains safe, the bridge now needs to be replaced with a permanent steel and concrete bridge with footpath, and work is starting this month.
Road users are being asked to allow extra time for the journeys and to plan their journeys in advance, as traffic is likely to be heavier on local roads.
During the work, traffic will be kept flowing with temporary traffic lights that will allow alternate north and south bound traffic to cross the old bridge. The lights will be removed when the work is completed and the road fully reopens on Friday 11th November.
It will be necessary to close the road in both directions for ten days from 6th to 15th September while the old bridge is removed and the new bridge is put in place. This is because the crane needed to do the work is so big it will cover both carriageways.
During these ten days a diversion will be in place via the A38 to Patchway, the A4174, the A432 past Yate, the A46 and the A4135 past Dursley, and vice versa.
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.
Two-way traffic will be maintained during the rest of the work using the southbound bridge, controlled with traffic lights.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, "I'd like to thank road users for their patience while we get this essential safety work done. It's a popular route which is important for Gloucestershire and we hope that the work will help trigger additional investment in the area."
The work is taking place thanks to £1.99million funding from the GFirst LEP Gloucestershire Growth Deal in 2014 with a further investment of £450,000 from Gloucestershire County Council.
David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP said, "The work being undertaken on the Berkeley Bridge will improve the connectivity of Gloucestershire, and businesses in the local area. Enabling businesses to thrive by developing the transport infrastructure throughout the county, is a vital growth priority for GFirst LEP, as outlined in our Strategic Economic Plan."
While the old bridge is removed and the new bridge is put in place, the railway line will be closed for 54 hours. The rail closure will take place over the weekend of 9th to 11th September and Network Rail will make alternative arrangements for commuters wishing to travel between Gloucester and Bristol. More information will be available at www.networkrail.co.uk
The popular Frampton Country Fair takes place on 11th September during the planned full road closure. Visitors to the fair are advised to plan their route in advance and allow extra time for their journey.
For enquiries please email GCCcontactcentre@amey.co.uk or call 08000 514514.