Work begins on A46 Coopers Hill repairs
Work to stabilise a road surface on the A46 by Coopers Hill is under way.
A section of the road, about 1km south of Brockworth, has been suffering from subsidence caused by landslips and needs to be strengthened.
The work is essential to prevent the condition of the road, which connects Stroud to Gloucester and the Brockworth Bypass, from deteriorating any further.
Despite the current lockdown and last week’s extremely cold weather, the site is now fully set up and engineers have begun work. The process of drilling into the ground and filling the holes with concrete and reinforced steel structures has got under way.
Forty-two of these foundations will be installed, reaching a depth of 12.5m and will be placed along a 90m area.
Contractors Walters UK LTD are carrying out the work, which is funded by £1.2 million given to the county council from the Department for Transport’s infrastructure investment fund.
It started on 4 January and will finish on 23 April. The A46 will be fully closed to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists for just over 12 weeks, until 31 March, so work can take place safely and this will be followed by lane closures as construction continues.
New sections of drainage will be installed and the road will be fully rebuilt.
A diversion is in place during the closure via the A4173 and A417. Access to private properties will be maintained at all times from either side, but not through the road closure where the construction site is based.
Businesses will remain open throughout the work, if they are able to do so during lockdown, and a community hub – a network of local community representatives including parish councils - has been set up to engage with people and keep them informed.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “I’m pleased that work has got under way on this important scheme. We appreciate it is inconvenient as the A46 will be closed for a number of weeks, but it is essential to carry out these repairs to make the route safe. I’m grateful for everyone’s patience.”
More information and latest updates can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A46