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Major road improvement scheme en route for A4173

Published
19.03.2018

One of the county’s busiest routes is being resurfaced as part of Gloucestershire County Council’s £150 million promise to upgrade the county’s highways.

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As part of the council’s ongoing commitment to keep the county moving, the A4173 (between Whaddon and the A46) will be resurfaced starting on Tuesday 10th April making the connection to and from Gloucester and Stroud a smooth ride.

The A4173 has been identified by the Department for Transport (DfT) as a major road that would benefit from investment towards improving safety and road conditions. We’ve listened to the DfT, local residents, businesses and partners and will be making major improvements to the route to enhance its safety.

To improve the ongoing overall safety of this route, we will deliver a major improvement scheme to resurface 54,484 m² of the road. Crews will use 6,425 tonnes of long-wearing asphalt with high skid resistance and make improvements to signage and road lining as well as improve two existing mini-roundabouts in Brookthorpe. There will also be some final drainage work completed during this period.

Work will take place from Tuesday 10th April to Wednesday 23rd May and a road closure will be in place between 7:30am to 5:30pm daily (excluding weekends).

For the safety of road users and our workforce, the road will be closed to through traffic between Whaddon and the A46 for the duration of the scheme. Local access for residents and businesses will be managed at each end of the closure by crew members and local businesses will be open as usual.

There will be no access for through traffic during our working hours and a signed diversion suitable for HGV’s will be in place. The road closure will be lifted each evening at 5:30pm.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “This important scheme highlights our ongoing commitment to keep the county moving and these essential improvements will create a smooth and pothole free journey for all road users. I would like to reassure residents that we will keep disruption to a minimum and we’d like to thank them for bearing with us.”

Cllr Keith Rippington, county councillor for Bisley and Painswick, said: “This is an important route connecting many communities between Stroud and Gloucester and the resurfacing will have a significant benefit to local residents. The carriageway has been slowly deteriorating so these vital improvements will help make the journey smoother for everyone.”

Letters have been sent to residents along the route with details about local access arrangements. Crews will do their upmost to maintain access for local residents and businesses when it is safe to do so.  

Advance warning signs are on display and a diversion will be fully signed when work starts. Pedestrian access will be maintained. All scheme information and updates on its progress can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A4173.

To keep disruption to a minimum we will be carrying out the works in six sections.

Section 1 - A46 to Cotswold Way (Jenkins Lane)

No guaranteed access on:

  • 10th – 11th April;
  • 24th – 27th April.

On all other dates access via A4173 from the south only.

Section 2 – Cotswold Way to St John the Baptist Church

No guaranteed access on:

  • 11th – 12th April;
  • 24th April;
  • 30th April – 2nd May.

While teams are working in section 1, access via A4173 from the north.

While teams are working in sections 3-6, access via A4173 from the south.

Section 3 – St John the Baptist Church to Wynstones Drive

No guaranteed access on:

  • 13th – 17th April (excl. w/end);
  • 24th April;
  • 3rd – 11th May (excl. w/end).

While teams are working in sections 1-2, access via A4173 from the north.

While teams are working in sections 4-6, access via A4173 from the south.

Section 4 – Wynstones Drive to St Swithun’s Church

No guaranteed access on:

  • 18th April;
  • 14th - 15th May.

While teams are working in sections 1-3, access via A4173 from the north.

While teams are working in sections 5-6, access via A4173 from the south.

Section 5 – St Swithun’s Church to Wynstones School

No guaranteed access on:

  • 19th – 23th April (excl. weekend);
  • 16th – 22nd May (excl. weekend).

While teams are working in sections 1-4, access via A4173 from the north.

While teams are working in section 6, access via A4173 from the south.

Section 6 – Wynstones School to Whaddon (Grange Road)

No guaranteed access on:

  • 23rd April;
  • 23rd May.

On all other dates access via A4173 from the north only.

THIS SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS – please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A4173 regularly for scheme updates.

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