The A4173 has been identified by the Department for Transport (DfT) as a major road that would benefit from investment to improve safety and road conditions.
LATEST PHASE - Pedestrian Crossing Upgrade
Our crew will shortly start upgrading the pedestrian crossings and widening the footway around St Peters School on the A4173. Two new puffin crossings, equipped with sensors that can detect whether any pedestrians are on the crossing, will assist those who need some extra time to cross the road. The work will be undertaken between 15th October and 30th November 2018, and the traffic will be managed using temporary traffic lights throughout the scheme. To help to minimise disruption, the traffic lights will be manually operated during the peak times.
We will be closing sections of the existing footway as we work on it, however a short pedestrian diversion and temporary pedestrian crossing will be available during these times. With pupils in mind, we have planned our works directly outside of the school to be done during half term.
The final stage of improvements to the A4173 will be alterations to the junction where it meets the A46 junction. The junction has a long record of collisions and near misses and, whilst some works have been implemented to improve safety, it has remained an issue for the Local Parish Councils, residents and users alike.
Our design team has considered a number of options based on traffic modelling and a study of driver behaviour at the current junction. The new junction layout decided to be most appropriate and safe for this junction is a Give way T-junction with right turn lane on the A46.
We have included details of this and the other options considered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
We expect that work will begin on this final phase of improvements in Spring 2019.
Shiny new surface
Earlier in 2018 extensive drainage repairs, vegetation clearance and safety improvements were carried out on the A4173, a key commuter and bus route between Stroud and Gloucester, as part of a package of works. This was ahead of a major resurfacing scheme which started in May 2018, where we laid a shiny new road surface along the entire five-miles of road in just under seven weeks.
The resurfacing works were well received by the local communities, which were very supportive throughout this complex project.