It's open! Gloucester city centre road reopens to traffic
By James Young | 11th March 2019
There was nothing by the way of fanfare, or a ribbon cutting, but the road that flows under Shire Hall's Bridge Block has been reopened.
The road has been closed to traffic for more than a year while the Gloucestershire County Council offices underwent recladding.
The work started early in 2018 and was due to be concluded in the Autumn but overran with contractors Kier Construction writing to local businesses and residents in November to explain why.
But as of Friday afternoon traffic can flow seamlessly down Longsmith Street, into Bearland and on to Quay Street, while vehicles can once again turn left off Upper Quay Street and onto Bearland.
The cladding work has completely transformed the appearance of the Shire Hall block from a tired-looking office block to a gleaming building with striking bronze panels.
Gloucester City Council are in the process of moving their offices into the bridge from their existing home in Herbert Warehouse on the Docks.
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