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Brace yourselves: Those pesky Gloucester roadworks are about to get more chaotic

Progress on those pesky roadworks that are clogging up Cheltenham Road in Gloucester can now be monitored online.

News broke early this week of a two-month delay to the completion of the works at the junction of Cheltenham Road and Oxstalls Way.

A major arterial route in to Gloucester is often left bumper-to-bumper during the morning rush hour and the news of a delay would have been infuriating to commuters.

But as the works enter their final weeks, contractors Willmott Dixon and the University of Gloucestershire have set up a website for the public to access regular updates.

And - take a deep breath before reading this - it looks as though it may reach its most chaotic phase.

The work has involved complex and lengthy service and utilities diversions under the junction.

Each part of the work has needed to be completed in sequence to ensure none of the local redidents had interruptions to their water, gas or communications.

But with the remainder of the work to take place to be done above ground, greater activity will be visible and it is anticipated there will be frequent changes to the road layout and lane closures.

The website www.oxstallslaneimprovements.co.uk  has therefore been set up to allow road users and local residents to access the latest information on the work.

The site will be updated with maps and information every Friday between now and the expected completion date in May.

A Willmott Dixon spokesman said: "At one point the program was progressing ahead of schedule and it was thought that the works could be complete in March.

"However, unforeseen delays as a result of the complexity of the project and the need to synchronise schedules with third party statutory undertakers has meant that the works are now back on the original schedule.

"As the University's contractor, Willmott Dixon is committed to carrying out the improvement works in the most effective, safe and least disruptive manner to residents and other road users in the area, in line with the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Highway's agreement."

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