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£35m Gloucestershire road improvements

Words: Laura Edgar

Highways England has announced a £35 million programme of road investment for Gloucestershire.

The work, says Highways England, will focus on junction 11 and 13 of the M5, while work will also take place at Walham Viaduct on the A40. Smaller improvements across the county will also be undertaken.

Highways England will invest £15 million in repairing bridges at junctions 11 and 13 of the M5, while £12 million will have been invested in resurfacing 114 lane miles in the county by the end of March 2016.

The joints at Walham Viaduct will undergo work, and waterproofing and resurfacing are also scheduled. Highways England says the work will “maintain the integrity of the structure, avoiding more costly and disruptive repairs in the future”.

Andrew Page-Dove, Highways England South-West regional director, said “These schemes, along with many other smaller works we’ll be undertaking, represent a major investment in Gloucestershire’s roads infrastructure.”

He added that the programme is already “reaping great benefits” in Gloucestershire, with the government-owned company keen to build on its work in the county.

Work on the A40 at Walham Viaduct is expected to start at the end of June, and continue through to autumn.

Improvements to junction 13 of the M5 are scheduled to start in August for completion in November 2016. Work at junction 11 of the motorway is expected to start at the beginning August 2015 and finish in January 2018.

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