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Contractor sought for A435 Charlton Hill repairs

Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet is being asked to approve plans to appoint a contractor to repair the A435 Charlton Hill and make it safe from landslips.

The road has suffered from ongoing cracking and movement for many years and needs to be stabilised to make it safe to use.

Landslips have caused the ground to subside and a southbound crawler lane, used for slow moving traffic, has been partially closed due to cracks in the surface. It will be reinstated as an uphill cycle lane when the work is complete.

The project would involve pushing sheets of metal into the ground, reaching a depth of 12m and placed along a 400m area.

The road would be fully reconstructed and a new drainage system would also be installed.

Full road closures would be needed for some elements of the work but these would be kept to a minimum.

The work would begin in summer 2021 and be completed in spring 2022. It is estimated to cost £2.8 million, to be funded by the county council's highways capital programme.

The scheme will bring economic and environmental benefits, with a cycle lane ensuring safe travel for all road users. The route would also need less maintenance and resurfacing in the future.

Cabinet is being recommended to delegate authority to the head of highway authority to conduct a procurement process to secure the services needed, with the aim of appointing a contractor in March 2021.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "It's important we go out to tender to appoint a contractor for this scheme so we can keep to our programme.

"The work is essential to make the A435 safe for all road users. It is a key transport route so this project will help to support future growth in the county."

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