Downton Road to open earlier than expected
Gloucestershire County Council bridge repair team members Dave Parfitt and Bryan Mills repairing the arch of the bridge in Downton Road (1391162)
AS a result of the recent dry weather bridge repairs in Downton Road will be finished earlier than expected.
In order for highway crews to carry out the work on the underside of two bridges in Downton Road the river has been dammed and pumped up over the road and a road closure has been in place since Monday, September 30.
The road was expected to be re-opened on Saturday, October 19 but due to the dry autumn weather the bridge repair crews have been able to carry out the work much faster and now the road will be opened again on Wednesday.
Liz Kirkham, bridge engineer at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We have been trying to carry out these bridge repairs for over a year but because of the wet weather and flooding last year it has just been impossible to get a crew under the bridge.
“However thanks to the dry summer and autumn the water levels are low enough for our crews to carry out the repairs safely on both bridges ahead of schedule.”
A diversion route is still in place via King’s Stanley and the Ebley Bypass but pedestrian access is available at all times.
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