3:01pm Wednesday 25th September 2013
By Kate Wilson
MOTORISTS can expect delays when Downton Road near Stonehouse is closed for three weeks for essential bridge repairs.
Highway crews will be working on the underside of two bridges in Downton Road which means the river will need to be dammed and pumped up over the road.
So works can be carried out quickly and safely the road will be closed to all vehicles for a period of three weeks between Monday, September 30 and Friday, October 18.
One bridge will be closed at a time to provide access to residents and businesses at one end of the road while works are in progress.
A diversion route will be in place via King's Stanley and the Ebley Bypass but pedestrian access will be available at all times.
Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are sending in highway teams now to carry out essential bridge repairs to prevent the need for a more major scheme involving longer road closures in the future.
“Please be patient. I hope local residents and businesses will agree that ensuring the future stability and safety of these two bridges for years to come far outweigh any short term disruption. ”
Liz Kirkham, bridge engineer at GCC, said: “I would like to reassure local residents that we are doing all we can to reduce disruption by keeping one bridge open at all times to allow vehicle access at one end of the closure and allowing pedestrian access at all times.”
County Cllr Lesley Williams (Lab, Stonehouse) said: “This road is regularly used by buses and heavy farm vehicles so ensuring the bridges are safe is essential.”
Residents and businesses have been informed of the work, closure dates and diversion route. They have also been offered additional assistance from the site supervisor.
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