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We’re cleaning up this joint - bridge work on the A417 Over Causeway

Published
20.08.2018

As part of Gloucestershire County Council’s £150m investment into highways, crews will be doing essential bridge maintenance work on the Over Causeway in Gloucester.

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The Over Causeway is used everyday by hundreds of commuters and is starting to show signs of tiredness. To help bring it back to life, crews will be replacing the old with the new, 14 of the new in fact. 14 joints will be installed over three weeks, with a total length of 102 m.

Not only are these joints brand new, but they’re also much better and will mean that future maintenance of the bridge will be drastically reduced. In order to make the most of the time spent at Over Causeway, a total of 640m of drains will also be cleaned; helping water to drain away and reducing the risk of flooding.

The work will be carried out between 17th September and 12th October overnight between 8pm and 6am on weekdays. One side of the carriageway will be open at all times to minimise disruption.

First, work will be on the A417 northbound, towards the Over Roundabout, meaning the lane will be fully closed over night. Weather depending, this should take two weeks. Once that side of the bridge has been fully restored, work will start on the southbound side.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said: “Our £150 million investment includes our highways structures, and now we’re nearing the end of the Over Roundabout work, it’s time to start thinking about the surrounding areas.

“We have delayed this essential work, but we need to get on with it now before weather conditions deteriorate into autumn and winter.

“This work is very weather dependent, so we can’t say exactly when the closures will switch from the northbound to southbound carriageway but we will let people know.

“Thank you for your patience while we carry out this essential work."

What’s the diversion route (suitable for heavy vehicles)?

From the Over roundabout continue via the A40 towards Elmbridge roundabout. At the Elmbridge roundabout take the third exit continue along the A417. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the A38 Corinium Avenue and continue along the road. At the junction with Metz Way turn right towards the City Centre/Gloucester Quays direction. Follow the Metz Way (A4302) to the junction with the A430 Bruton Way and turn right. Follow the A430 via Bruton Way, Black Dog Way and Gouda Way to the junction with St Oswald’s Road. Turn left on to St Oswald’s Road to join the A417 at Westgate Island and then on to the point of the closure. The diversion is the same in reverse.

More information can be found online: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/a417_over_causeway

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