Refurbishment work begins on A40 bypass
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
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.”