Safety improvements on A435 Charlton Hill
Essential repairs are to be carried out next year to the A435 Charlton Hill, to repair the carriageway and stabilise a section of landslip.
The road has suffered from ongoing cracking and movement for many years, with four separate landslips identified between Charlton Kings and the Seven Springs roundabout.
Bollards have been placed around these cracked areas for the safety of road users, while engineers worked on a solution.
The most severely affected section needs to be stabilised to make it safe for use and will be closed from March 2023 to October 2023 to allow for this essential work to take place.
The project will involve installing sheet piles to stabilise the embankment and carriageway, reaching a depth of 12m and placed along a 441m length. The road will be fully resurfaced and the drainage system will be improved.
The crawler lane on the road, previously used for slow moving traffic until it was closed for safety reasons, will be used as a ‘safe zone’ for cyclists travelling uphill.
The work is estimated to cost £3.5million and is being funded from Gloucestershire County Council’s highways capital programme and the Department for Transport.
Construction will begin in March 2023 after the Cheltenham Festival has finished, to minimise any disruption. Due to the construction activities required and for the safety of road users and construction staff, it will be necessary to close the road for the duration of the works to all users, including cyclists and pedestrians.
A public drop-in event will be held before work begins, so residents and businesses can find out more about the work planned and ask any questions they may have.
For more information on the scheme go to https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/highways/major-projects-list/a435-charlton-hill-landslip/
Jason Humm, director of transport and highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I appreciate this road closure will be inconvenient while the work takes place and would like to apologise for any disruption that it will cause.
“However, it is essential this work is carried out to make the route safe for all road users and it will bring improvement to a section of road that we know has been a concern to the public for some time. It will also help support future growth in the county as it is a key transport route.”