11:01am Thursday 13th February 2014
By Kate Wilson
With the forecast for falling temperatures and increased moisture on the roads Gloucestershire Highways is reassuring people it is prepared to deal with any problems caused by further bad weather.
Brian Watkins, local highways manager, said: “We are prepared for the weather and will have sufficient crews on standby to deal with things like fallen trees.
"However, because of the hail and sleet, driving conditions will be poor tonight and we would advise people to drive with particular care and attention.
"Where roads are closed due to flooding, we would ask drivers not to attempt to drive through floodwater.”
Gloucestershire Highways has also tweeted that gritters will be out across the county today.
A number of road closures remain in place around the county due to the high water levels.
For the latest information, go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk
Gloucestershire Highways is continuing to monitor the A438 at Morrisons in Tewkesbury and B4080 Bredon Road in Tewkesbury closely. The roads are currently passable with care.
The A46 remains open using temporary traffic lights while Gloucestershire Highways monitors the safety of the road.
The recent wet weather has caused land on Cooper’s Hill to become unstable near to the Green Street junction.
Temporary traffic lights were installed on Monday to keep traffic to the north side of the road while Gloucestershire Highways carries out investigations on the condition of the drainage.
The lights will remain in place each day while monitoring continues.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “We’re monitoring the situation on Cooper’s Hill four times each day to establish whether there’s ongoing movement and if it’s slowing down or accelerating.
"Our main priority is to keep residents and commuters safe, so it may become necessary to close the road. Obviously we would only take this action if absolutely necessary.”
For enquires call Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514.
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