New year, new start for Berkeley Bridge: phase two of replacement underway

Gloucestershire County Council is about to begin the second phase of work to replace the weakened A38 northbound bridge at Berkeley.

A brand new bridge will soon be installed to replace the existing structure, which is no longer safe for traffic.

Road users are advised to plan their journey and allow extra time until the planned completion date in May this year. Temporary lights will initially remain in place to allow traffic to go over the railway, however the road will be closed from 14th – to 23rd February while the old structure is removed and replaced. This is because the crane needed to do the work is so big it will cover both carriageways.

The railway line will be temporarily closed over the weekend of Friday 17th – Monday 20th February and trains between Gloucester and Bristol will not run during this time. Network Rail will communicate this closure and advise on alternative transport available.

Last year the county council undertook work to prepare the old structure for removal, also carrying out resurfacing and strengthening to enable it to be lifted out. Once complete, it is anticipated that the improved road will help trigger additional investment in the area.

Please select this link for more information and photos of work in progress taken during Phase One.