1:10pm Thursday 19th September 2013
By Chris Warne
COMMUTERS travelling between Cheltenham and Stroud can look forward to smoother journeys in the near future as work starts to resurface the B4070 on Monday (September 23).
The road, which runs through Slad and serves around 3,000 motorists every day, will remain open at weekends but will be closed from Monday to Friday until October 4 when the work is due to finish.
Highway crews will be excavating 2km of road in total and replacing it with a massive 1,437 tonnes of brand new highway.
Gloucestershire County Council said it had decided to resurface the road after receiving feedback indicating it needed to be improved.
The B4070 acts as a key commuter link between Stroud and Cheltenham and a diversion route will therefore be in place via the A46.
Vernon Smith, GCCs cabinet member for highways and flooding said: "We have had lots of requests from the local community and commuters to make improvements to this road, and we are acting on this by laying down 2km of brand new road surface.
"This is a big scheme locally, and forms part of a wider programme of work right across county to resurface and renew roads in need of repair."
Dan Tiffney, of Gloucestershire Highways said: "This is quite a big scheme and to make sure we can complete it as quickly and safely as possible we have decided to completely close the road."
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