Green light for Forest road repair

Friday 24th September 2021 9:01 am
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THE all-clear has been given by leading councillors for one of the major routes into the centre of the Forest to be repaired.

It is expected that the cost of repairing the 50-metre stretch between Blakeney and Moseley Green is put at £1.62 million.

In February last year a section of the slope supporting New Road slipped resulting in the collapse of the westbound lane.

A road closure was put in place - with limited access for some businesses - and motorists are still unable to use the road.

But Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet was told some road users have ignored the official diversion.

A report to the Cabinet on Wednesday (September 22) stated: "The carriageway closure has increased traffic on the local lanes as some road users have disregarded the official diversion route.

"This has resulted in concern from local residents and political pressure to reopen the carriageway as soon as possible."

Gloucestershire Highways says the slopes needs to be stabilised for about 50 metres.

The road will need to be fully re-built and a new drainage system installed to effectively manage surface water.

A ground investigation by the county council completed in November last year found the road was built on mostly quarry waste to a depth of 3.5m with weathered mudstone and sandstone below.

The work is expected to be "challenging" because of issues such as suchas land ownership, ground conditions, existing utility services and limited working space due to the failed carriageway.

The Cabinet agreed to put out a tender for the work and allow the council to make traffic orders for the construction phase.

No date has been given to indicate when the work will start.

THE all-clear has been given by leading councillors for one of the major routes into the centre of the Forest to be repaired.

The cost of repairing the 50-metre stretch between Blakeney and Moseley Green is put at £1.62 million.

In February last year a section of the slope supporting New Road slipped resulting in the collapse of the westbound lane.

A road closure was put in place - with limited access for some businesses - and motorists are still unable to use the road.

But Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet was told some road users have ignored the official diversion.

A report to the Cabinet on Wednesday (September 22) stated: "The carriageway closure has increased traffic on the local lanes as some road users have disregarded the official diversion route.

"This has resulted in concern from local residents and political pressure to reopen the carriageway as soon as possible."

Gloucestershire Highways says the slopes needs to be stabilised for about 50 metres.

The road will need to be fully re-built and a new drainage system installed to effectively manage surface water.

A ground investigation by the county council completed in November last year found the road was built on mostly quarry waste to a depth of 3.5m with weathered mudstone and sandstone below.

The work is expected to be "challenging" because of issues such as suchas land ownership, ground conditions, existing utility services and limited working space due to the failed carriageway.

The Cabinet agreed to put out a tender for the work and allow the council to make traffic orders for the construction phase.

No date has been given to indicate when the work will start.

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