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Essential bridge work continues on the A38 at Berkeley


Phase one of the improvements are progressing well and the road will reopen to traffic on Friday 16th September.

Gloucestershire County Council is thanking commuters for their patience during the ten day full road closure which comes to an end on Friday.

During this first phase of the work, the southbound bridge has been fully resurfaced and some essential repairs have been carried out. Some kerbs have also been removed and the drainage has been prepared ready for the new bridge to be installed as part of phase two.

Temporary traffic lights will remain in place until the road fully reopens at the end of phase one which is expected to be complete by the beginning of November. The lights allow alternate north and southbound traffic to travel over the bridge, keeping traffic flowing.

Road users are still advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time.

The work is taking place because in 2013 the northbound Berkeley bridge was found to be weak. A 30mph speed restriction was put in place to reduce pressure on the structure. The county council is working to replace the bridge with a permanent structure so it remains safe.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, "I'm pleased to see that work is progressing well on this essential project  and I'd like to thank road users for their patience while we get the work done."

The work is taking place thanks to £1.99million funding from the GFirst LEP Gloucestershire Growth Deal in 2014 with a further investment of £450,000 from Gloucestershire County Council. It is hoped the work to improve the road will help trigger additional investment in the area.

Work continues to prepare the site ready for phase two which will see the new bridge put into position next year.

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