Re­fur­bish­ment work be­gins on A40 by­pass

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

MO­TORISTS have had an early taste of the de­lays they can ex­pect to face while ma­jor work is car­ried out on the A40 Golden Val­ley by­pass in Glouces­ter­shire.

Early work around the Arle Court round­about has been tak­ing place this week, caus­ing slight de­lays for mo­torists head­ing east to­wards

Chel­tenham from Glouces­ter and the M5 junc­tion.

The out­side third lane has been coned-off on the Golden Val­ley By­pass, bunch­ing traf­fic into two lanes.

There have also been de­lays head­ing out of Chel­tenham past GCHQ as two lanes are fil­tered into one.

How­ever, this is only the start of work that will con­tinue in earnest on Mon­day, af­fect­ing mo­torists driv­ing be­tween Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter, with par­tial road clo­sures for six months.

It will see en­gi­neer­ing work to re­fur­bish the Golden Val­ley east and west bridges be­tween Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter.

High­ways Eng­land said the “ex­ten­sive and es­sen­tial re­fur­bish­ment work” would im­prove jour­neys for the many road users who use the bridges car­ry­ing the A40 over the M5 in­ter­change at junc­tion 11.

The work, which in­volves resur­fac­ing, bridge joint re­place­ment, wa­ter­proof­ing, para­pet and bear­ing re­fur­bish­ment and tim­ber fenc­ing re­pair, has been phased to en­sure that none of it takes place dur­ing the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val in

March.

A High­ways Eng­land spokesman said: “We are in­vest­ing £1.8 mil­lion in this es­sen­tial scheme, which will ad­dress a num­ber of de­fects, pre­vent any fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and en­sure that the bridges re­main in good con­di­tion for many years to come.

“We are mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure that the im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity is kept to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum and we apol­o­gise in ad­vance for any in­con­ve­nience or dis­rup­tion that the work may cause.”

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