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Berkeley Bridge work nears completion


The major project is drawing to a close following contractors finishing work over the weekend.

On Thursday 29th June, traffic management will be lifted for the final time at Berkeley Bridge following the removal of the old bridge in February.

The old bridge weighed nearly 100 tonnes, which is heavier than 14 elephants. It was lifted out using a specialist crane that had enough reach and strength to move it, which then installed the beams for the new bridge at the same time.

A timelapse video showing the process of the bridge replacement can be found on our YouTube channel.

Since then, the focus has been on improving roads in the area with new barriers being installed, improved kerbing, surfacing and white lining all being laid.

At the same time as these improvements were made, utilities companies BT and Wales and West Utilities have accessed the network to carry out works and help minimise disruption.

On Tuesday (27th) morning the road will be placed under traffic light control for one last time to allow for resurfacing and line painting. This will take place from after rush hour on Tuesday and through until Thursday afternoon.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This has been a major project involving highways, rail operators and utilities companies.

“Moving the old bridge was a fantastic bit of engineering work requiring time and skill to plan and install. That new structure is now in place and we have made improvements to the road layout in the area ahead of the completion on Thursday.

“I would again like to thank everyone for their patience whilst the work has taken place.”

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