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Gloucestershire roundabout shortlisted for South West award

One of Gloucestershire's newest roundabouts is up for a civil engineering award - and you can vote for it.

With a canal crossing through its centre, the A38 Whitminster roundabout has been selected by an expert judging panel to feature in a public vote to recognise civil engineering schemes that positively impact on people's lives, as part of the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2021.

As part of the wider 'Missing Mile' Cotswold Canals scheme, the project was completed thanks to the £4m grant from Highways England's Designated Funds, the project management of Gloucestershire County Council Highways Team and contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd.

And despite Covid-19 restrictions, teams worked solidly for just under 12 months, with the project reaching completion in December 2020.

Chair of the judges' panel, Mike Gallop, interim regional managing director, Wales and Western, Network Rail, said: "The shortlist demonstrates the resilience and commitment of civil engineers across the South West, who have continued to deliver outstanding projects in extremely challenging circumstances.

"The finalists highlight the many ways in which civil engineering benefits the region, its people, economy and environment."

As well as the canal, the roundabout project provides a new walking and cycling route, environmental improvements with more than 21 hectares of wildlife habitats and a safe crossing for people under the A38.

Aimee-Louise Malcolm, Ambassador Cotswold Canals Trust, said: "Unlike most road infrastructure projects, this is the cornerstone of a local charity's mission to restore the historic canals between the River Severn and The Thames. The Cotswold Canals project can now continue and by 2023 the reinstated canal will be navigable once again."

Details of all the shortlisted projects are available at ice.org.uk/sw/awards and people have until 5pm on July 30 to cast a vote.

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