Advance warning of work to replace weak bridge on the A38
Gloucestershire County Council is again warning motorists in advance of work at Berkeley Bridge between August and November, with a full road closure from 6th to 15th September.
In 2013, the northbound Berkeley Bridge on the A38 was found to be weak and a 30mph speed restriction was put in place to reduce pressure on the structure.
Now the bridge needs to be replaced with a permanent structure so it remains safe.
The work, which will begin in August and finish in November, received £1.99 million funding from the GFirst LEP Gloucestershire Growth Deal in 2014 with a further investment of £450,000 from Gloucestershire County Council.
There will be some delay to traffic when work begins as temporary traffic lights will be used to allow two-way traffic to continue using the southbound bridge.
The temporary lights will remain in place until the work is completed.
However, from Tuesday 6th September to Thursday 15th September the road will be closed in both directions 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.
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.
Road users are advised to allow extra time and plan their journeys in advance as traffic is likely to be heavier on local roads.
In the event of a closure on the M5 during the road closure, traffic that would normally be diverted onto this section of the A38 will be diverted via the A417 and the A419.
People who are interested to find out more about the project and speak to the project team can attend a public drop-in event at the Bay Prince of Wales Hotel, Berkeley Road, GL13 9HD (next to the bridge on the A38) on Wednesday 13th July from 3pm to 7.30pm.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, " This is essential safety work which will allow traffic to continue to flow through our county. It's a popular route which is important for Gloucestershire and we hope that the work will help trigger additional investment in the area."
David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP said, "Improving the transport infrastructure throughout the county is a vital growth priority for GFirst LEP, as outlined in our Strategic Economic Plan. The work being undertaken on the Berkeley Bridge will improve connectivity of Gloucestershire both nationally and locally, and importantly provides a crucial link to our Cyber Skills Centre and Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear skills centre at Berkeley - both of which are a vital aspect of our counties attractiveness to business and the growth of our economy."
While the old bridge is removed and the new bridge is put in place, the railway line will be closed for 54 hours. The 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 enquires please call 08000 514514.