Brookfield road bridge complete - two months ahead of schedule!
26 Oct 2022
A major refurbishment of a bridge spanning the M5 near Gloucester is complete – two months ahead of schedule.
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As part of a sequence of safety schemes to repair a number of M5 bridges in Gloucestershire, scaffolding has been removed and final waterproofing and surfacing has been completed for Brookfield Road Bridge near junction 11, which is now reopen for traffic and pedestrians.
The complex operation started in January, and the bridge was expected to be fully closed until just before Christmas. The £5 million refurbishment scheme included concrete repairs to the bridge decks, replacement of bridge bearings, removal and reconstruction of parapet beams and safety fencing, and waterproofing and entire resurfacing.
The Brookfield Bridge restoration work followed a major 18-month scheme to refurbish the 50-year-old bridges supporting the M5 junction 11 Golden Valley gyratory. That work finished in March, ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, while a scheme to repair the nearby Staverton Bridge over the M5 was completed in June.
We'll next embark on a programme of work to repair the Bamfurlong Lane Bridge between M5 junctions 11 and 10. The bridge is more than 50 years old, some areas have deteriorated significantly and in addition to the structural works, inspections of the post tensioning cables will also be carried out.
The £5.6 million scheme is scheduled to start on Monday 7 November, and complete in December next year. During the programme of work, the bridge will be closed 24/7 to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses on either side of the bridge and a local diversion route, agreed with Gloucestershire County Council, will be in place via the B4063.
For more information on the upcoming Bamfurlong Lane Bridge works, visit our South West maintenance scheme's page here https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/south-west/south-west-maintenance-schemes/