A46 Coopers Hill landslip
The A46 connects Stroud to Gloucester and the Brockworth Bypass. Approximately 1km south of Brockworth a small section of the A46 on Coopers Hill, known as the 'southern corner', is suffering from subsidence caused by landslips.
Highways engineers need to fix the landslip to prevent the road from becoming dangerous. The A46 will need to close so work can take place safely.
What are we doing?
The work will involve drilling into the ground and filling the holes with concrete and reinforced steel structures. Forty-two of these foundations will be installed, reaching a depth of 12.5m and will be placed along a 90m area.
During the works new sections of drainage will be installed and the highway will be fully reconstructed. Contractors Walters UK LTD have been appointed to carry out the scheme.
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What’s the diversion route?
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the work start and finish?
The work is due to begin on 4 January and finish on 23 April. The A46 will be fully closed for 12 weeks and three days, until 31 March, so work can take place safely. This will be followed by lane closures as construction continues.
Why are the improvements necessary?
The improvements are necessary to prevent further disruption from landslip movements that have affected the carriageway for a number of years. The main purpose of the scheme is to fulfil the following objectives:
• Reduce the risks to motorists from landslip movements which result in damage to the infrastructure.
• Improve the layout of the carriageway whilst also improving surface water systems to improve motorist safety.
• Improve the route for public transport and cyclists.
What is the cost of the scheme?
The estimated, total cost of the scheme is £1.2m.
Who is paying for the scheme?
It is being funded with £1.2 million allocated from the Department for Transport’s infrastructure investment fund earlier this year.
Why can't these funds be spent on routine maintenance, such as filling potholes?
Department for Transport funds are allocated for capital programmes to improve the highway infrastructure rather than routine maintenance.
These works are going to disrupt my journey, what will you be doing to help?
We will be maintaining access to residents from either side of the closure and will be working hard to minimise disruption to the travelling public. During the construction period, a full road closure will be necessary for 12 weeks and three days for all road users, including cyclists. This will be followed by lane closures to allow traffic flow to continue for the remainder of the works. We will provide any information relating to upcoming road closures and traffic management on this webpage.
How will you avoid creating excessive noise and air pollution during construction?
As part of the tender process, for construction of the scheme we set out requirements for methods of working. This sets out the approach to minimise and mitigate the impacts of noise/pollution etc. during the construction period.
Have you considered the potential environmental impacts of the scheme?
Yes. Site survey work is carried out in order to assess the potential environmental impacts, and how the scheme design can mitigate these. The environmental assessment will consider all the environmental impacts of the scheme, and how these are to be mitigated.
Are local businesses staying open?
All businesses in Painswick and the surrounding area will be open for business throughout the work and fully accessible.
Will the road be open to cyclists or pedestrians during the work?
No. The road will be closed to all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.