New year, new start for Berkeley Bridge: phase two of replacement underway
Gloucestershire County Council is about to begin the second phase of work to replace the weakened A38 northbound bridge at Berkeley.
A brand new bridge will soon be installed to replace the existing structure, which is no longer safe for traffic.
Road users are advised to plan their journey and allow extra time until the planned completion date in May this year. Temporary lights will initially remain in place to allow traffic to go over the railway, however the road will be closed from 14th - to 23rdFebruary while the old structure is removed and replaced. This is because the crane needed to do the work is so big it will cover both carriageways.
The railway line will be temporarily closed over the weekend of Friday 17th - Monday 20th February and trains between Gloucester and Bristol will not run during this time. Network Rail will communicate this closure and advise on alternative transport available.
Last year the county council undertook work to prepare the old structure for removal, also carrying out resurfacing and strengthening to enable it to be lifted out. Once complete, it is anticipated that the improved road will help trigger additional investment in the area.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Solid progress is being made on the replacement of Berkeley Bridge - 2017 has opened with a strong start as we resume work to bring this local road up to speed.
"Last year saw complex preparations to move the existing bridge: engineers worked to reinforce the structure after investigations showed significant weaknesses that would have caused problems during removal. Replacing this bridge is an extremely technical operation requiring time and skill. I would like to thank road and rail users for their patience during this time, and look forward to the A38 being 'business as usual' once the project is complete in May this year."