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Work progressing well to repair a popular Forest of Dean road


Giant steel screws are being installed in the embankment at Cannop to hold the road securely into the underlying bed rock.

Crucial geotechnical repair work, which began in May to stabilise the B4234 at Cannop, is progressing well.

The stretch known locally as New Road between Cannop and Parkend had been unstable for some time with the land slowly slipping underneath, so Gloucestershire County Council has been taking action with investment work worth £850,000.

So far the drainage system throughout the site has been completely rebuilt, with the new drainage layout designed to move all of the ground water away from the slip area.

The drainage area alongside the road has been extended by 20m so it is now 200m in length, making the area better prepared to cope in bad weather.

Drilling work began in July to prepare the embankment for 141 giant steel screws known as 'ground anchors' and this will stop the road from slipping down the embankment in the future

The giant screws will be secured into the ground with concrete anchor blocks, which act as big washers, these are being especially cast and brought over from Ireland.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "These are really important repairs to protect the road for the future. I'm delighted to say that the work carried out so far has been done successfully, on time and on budget; and we're on target to complete the work in October."

Cllr Richard Leppington, local county councillor for Blakeney and Bream said, "This is an amazing piece of construction work. However, I look forward to the road reopening, as residents have been diverted around the closure since the work began in May."

The road is currently closed to traffic while the work is being carried out, and a small diversion is in place via Speech House Road. The road is expected to reopen at the end of October.

Gloucestershire County Council's highways team work 365 days a year to keep Gloucestershire moving. Follow @GlosRoads on Twitter for updates and lookout for the hash tag #highways365 for the latest information about highways work.

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