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Catching up with Berkeley Bridge


Work continues to replace the weakened northbound bridge on the A38 at Berkeley following the completion of phase one.

The plan had been to remove the temporary traffic lights after phase one was completed, however the road will remain under traffic light control between the two phases of work. The weakened northbound bridge is now not safe for traffic.

Traffic has been moving well during the works so far. Improvements are planned to the light control though to make the flow even smoother. The lights allow alternate north and southbound traffic to go over the railway.

Phase one included utility improvements and the resurfacing the southbound bridge as well as preparing the northbound bridge for removal.

Work is being completed currently to make sure the bridge is ready for removal as part of phase two of the work. Due to the unpredictable winter weather that can cause delays to this sort of project, having the prep work completed as soon as possible will help to make sure phase two of the work can be completed in good time.

A full road closure is likely to happen February as part of phase two of the work which will begin in early January. This is when the old bridge will be removed and the new bridge is put into position, although this depends on permissions from Network Rail. All work is due to be completed by May.

Road users are still advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time with additional utility work about to start in the area.

Gloucestershire County Council wants to make people aware that Wales and West will be replacing the gas main up the A38 at Moreton Valence in the coming weeks. The council has a legal obligation to give utility companies access to the road network.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "This is important and complex work. I'm pleased that good progress has been made to make the risks of winter working less severe and allow the team to get on with the project.

"I'm very grateful to road users for their continued patience and look forward to the infrastructure of the area being completed to improve access for residents and businesses."

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