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Oakle Street open after major bridge repair


A busy route near the A48 has reopened to traffic after essential work to a drainage culvert was completed on time and on budget.

Damage to the culvert, which channels a stream under Oakle Street near Churcham, was reported to Amey by an adjacent landowner in spring this year. 

The road was closed in both directions shortly afterwards to protect road-users from the risk of the culvert collapsing. In order to carry out a repair safely, Amey, on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, has now replaced the culvert with a durable plastic pipe ensuring a maintenance-free solution for many years to come. The road was re-opened to traffic last week.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said, “Crews worked tirelessly on this project and have done a really great job in identifying and remedying the damage. Oakle Street is a popular route, linking residents and commuters with the A48 near Churcham, so I’m glad it is now back in service.”

Cllr Brian Robinson, county councillor for Mitcheldean, said, “Well done to the team who have done the work on this stretch of road in Oakle Street. It’s great to see funding for improvement of local roads being prioritised.”