Crucial repairs to close key road into Cheltenham
Thousands of journeys on a key route into Cheltenham will be affected for 13 weeks this summer as work takes place to repair the road.
The B4632 at Cleeve Hill opposite Lye Lane has been unstable for some time as the underlying ground is slowly slipping downslope away from the highway.
Gloucestershire County Council has been monitoring the road, and the land beneath it, since 2016.
The popular road, which carries around 7,000 vehicles each day, will receive crucial repairs to stabilise it over 13 weeks this summer.
One hundred micropiles (12 metre long bars made from galvanised steel) will be drilled into the ground and spaced at one metre intervals. They will be set at alternating angles to hold the road in place and stop it from slipping.
The micropiles will be placed below ground level and the tops will set in a buried reinforced concreate capping beam.
An estimated 130 metres of new kerb drainage will also be put in and 100 metres of the road will be fully reconstructed.
This will take place from Monday, June 11, to Monday, September 10. During this time the road will remain open using temporary traffic lights and a speed limit of 30mph will be in place.
The public footpath which crosses the field below the B4632 and exits opposite the Lye Lane junction will remain closed for the duration of the works.
When the stabilisation work is complete, the road will be resurfaced from the Southam junction to the Rising Sun.
The road will be closed to all traffic each day from 7am to 7pm during these works. Full details about the resurfacing will be sent out nearer the time.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, "This is really important work to make sure the road from Winchcombe into Cheltenham is protected from future slips. By using temporary traffic lights we can make the land stable without needing to close the road for three months.
"The scheme is part of our £150m promise to improve roads in Gloucestershire."
Cllr Roger Wilson, local county councillor for Winchcombe and Woodmancote said, "I'm really pleased to see this crucial work now taking place. It will make sure that the B4632 is fit for the future."
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