Council to look for contractor to complete £2.4m A4173 safety scheme
On 19 June 2019 Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to kick start the final stage of improvements to the £2.16m A4173/A46 junction at Pitchcombe by agreeing to appoint a contractor to complete the works.
The county council was awarded £2.16 million in 2018 from the Department for Transport (DfT) Safer Roads Fund to improve safety and road conditions of the A4173 near Stroud. Since then, highways crews have completed 74.5km² of resurfacing, drainage works and have installed two new pedestrian crossings.
The remaining works would be to the junction where it meets the A46. The junction has a long record of collisions and near misses and, while some works have been implemented to improve safety, it has remained an issue for the local parish councils, residents and commuters alike.
The council’s highways design team used traffic modelling and a study of driver behaviour at the current junction to develop the best solution. The proposed new junction would see a give way T-junction with right turn lane on the A46 introduced.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways investment, said, “Over the last 18 months we have been making improvements to the road to reduce the risk of collisions. We have listened to the Department for Transport, local residents, businesses and partners, and our highways design team has worked hard to find a solution to this unsafe junction. If cabinet approve, this scheme will be supported by a contribution from our £150million investment in to highways, and I expect the work will begin in Autumn 2019.”
Cllr Keith Rippington, local county councillor for Bisley and Painswick, said, “This is a major route for visitors and commuters to Stroud as well as residents, so I’m pleased that a solution for Pitchcombe junction is coming soon.”
Which improvements have been completed so far?
Earlier in 2018 extensive drainage repairs, vegetation clearance and safety improvements were carried out on the A4173, a key commuter and bus route between Stroud and Gloucester, as part of a package of works. This was ahead of a major resurfacing scheme which started in May 2018, where we laid a shiny new road surface along the entire five-miles of road in just under seven weeks.
In November our crews finished upgrading the pedestrian crossings and widening the footway around St Peters School on the A4173. Two new puffin crossings, equipped with sensors that can detect whether any pedestrians are on the crossing, will assist those who need some extra time to cross the road.
For more information please visit the county council scheme webpage https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A4173 where there is an FAQ section.
Cabinet papers can be found here