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Road closures ahead on busy A417 and A40 at Gloucester

Roads are due to be closed around Over roundabout next week - with residents in Maisemore facing a 40 mile-plus one-hour round-trip if they fancy visiting Gloucester.

The county council in the thick of its £2.756 million scheme at Over roundabout north of Gloucester.

Work started in April but now two approaches to the roundabout will need to be closed weeknights from May 29.

Commuters travelling Southbound from Maisemore to the Over roundabout will not be able to use the A417 weeknights between 7pm and 6am from Tuesday (May 29) to June 13.

According to AA Route Finder anyone from Maisemore village determined to get to Gloucester and back during that time, perhaps for a supermarket run, will be facing a 40-mile round-trip.

Those leaving The Steadings Business Centre or Hartpury College late will also have to beware.

Drivers will be diverted back up the A417 to Corse, right along the B4213, over the River Severn at Haw Bridge past Deerhurst to the A38 and back down to Longford.

Travellers on the A40 Westbound between Longford Roundabout and the roundabout will also see the road ahead "fully closed to traffic" on weeknights between 7pm and 6am from Tuesday (May 29) to June 15.

In this case they will be diverted down the A38 Tewkesbury Road towards Gloucester before being sent along the A417 St Oswald's Road and along the A417 Over Causeway back onto the A40.

The closures are to allow crews can work safely along both stretches. Diversions will be signed on all approaches and are also available online.

The project includes widening the Westbound and Southbound approaches, adding a third lane within the roundabout; building new retaining walls and putting in upgraded LED lighting.

The aim is to increase the capacity of the roundabout, relieve congestion, save commuters time and reduce delays on the A40 east-west and the A417 north-south approaches.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council said: "This scheme will make a great difference to commuter's journey, it will take us a while to complete and I'd like to thank people for their patience whilst we carry out these improvements. The benefits will be worth it."

Cllr Phillip Awford, county councillor for the Highnam division, said: "Whilst we know these diversions are inconvenient, I ask that you please bear with us because once it has finished this scheme will have a huge benefit on the surrounding communities."

Cllr Pamela Tracey, county councillor for Hempsted and Westgate, said: "I appreciate and understand that these temporary road closures will cause some disruption but as this is such a vital route for residents of Gloucestershire I ask that you bear with us whilst we make these improvements."

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