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In the South West we manage approximately 8,800,000m2 of woodland by the side of our roads, this equates to an area larger than Exmoor. Our tree specialists carry out regular inspections for safety and general woodland management. We aim to manage our woodlands and tree stock proactively by thinning, crowning, and coppicing to ensure our woodlands thrive. We also have a legal obligation to maintain a safe network, so must ensure our trees do not present a hazard to road users or adjacent property. We therefore, make safe or if necessary remove dead or dying trees.

Our recent tree condition surveys have shown a rapid increase in Ash Dieback throughout our region. This is also a national issue and more information from the Forestry Commission can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/managing-ash-dieback-in-england .

Over this winter period we’ll be removing or making safe, trees which have been identified for action by our tree specialists. The work will take place mainly during the day although more complex work may need to be carried out at night under lane closures when traffic flows are at their lowest. Most sites are single or a small number of trees, and will be completed within 1 shift.

Appropriate measures are being put in place where dormice may be present and our environmental experts will be available to make sure protected species are not harmed during this work. We'll identify areas where screening or biodiversity connectivity may be affected.  For safety reasons, and to ensure planting is carried out at the best time of year for growth, replanting will be included in our programme for next winter. We’ll also allow natural regeneration to contribute to the re-establishment of native tree species within our woodlands.

The A36 is the most direct route from Bath to Southampton. It's mainly single carriageway and runs for approximately 63 miles through various villages, towns and cities. Parts of the route date back to Roman times.

Cracking has been observed in the southbound section of the footpath running between Limpley Stoke and Monkton Coombe. The extent of the cracking lies within the Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire boundaries. We're currently carrying out detailed surveys to fully understand the scale of the geological defect and monitor movement and groundwater levels within the slope. Safety is our number one priority and traffic management will remain in place to safeguard pedestrians and motorists until our surveys are complete.

A36 Limpley Stoke - March 2022 update

We need to carry out various works along the A38 between Heathfield and Haldon from December to July 2022.  We’ll be working on drainage, barriers, resurfacing, dead tree removal, and surveys. To reduce disruption we’ve packaged the work together to maximise the amount of work we can do during road and lane closures. We’ll work overnight Monday to Friday to minimise disruption to daytime traffic. During the day the road will be open as usual but please allow extra time for your journey if traveling overnight.

The work will be intermittent in various locations, under lane and overnight road closures. We’ll send targeted updates to residents alongside each phase of works and we’ll inform  Parish Councils of all stages.

The works are weather dependant but we’ll aim to give 2 weeks' notice of each stage.

Phase 1 - 1 to 17 December – 8pm to 6am

  • Eastbound – overnight lane closures will be in place between Drumbridges and Chudleigh station.
  • Westbound- overnight full road closure between Splatford Split and Goodstone. Traffic will be diverted to A380 at Splatford interchange, to Whare Barton, Green Hill Way, Newton Rd, Jetty Marsh Rd, A382 Exeter Rd and A383 Exeter Rd to re-join the A38 at Goodstone interchange.

Phase 2 - 20 December to 7 January 

20 December – overnight 8pm to 6am

  • Eastbound – the A38 will be closed between Heathfield and Chudleigh station. A signed diversion route will be in place via A382, Jetty Marsh Rd, Newton Rd, Green Hill Way, A383 to Whare Barton interchange, A380 leave at Eagle Farm junction, B3195, Strap Lane, B3193 Clay Pits Way, B3344 to A38 at Chudleigh Station junction
  • Westbound - various single lane closures will be in place

4 and 5 January – overnight 8pm to 6am

  • Eastbound – various single lane closures will be in place
  • Westbound - the A38 will be closed between Splatford Split and Goodstone. A signed diversion route will be in place via A380, Whare Barton, Green Hill Way, Newton Rd, Jetty Marsh Rd, A382 Exeter Rd, A383 Exeter Rd to A38 at Goodstone junction

6 and 7 January – overnight 8pm to 6am

  • Eastbound – the A38 will be closed between Goodstone and Chudleigh station. A signed diversion route will be in place via A382, Jetty Marsh Rd, Newton Rd, Green Hill Way, A383 to Whare Barton interchange, A380 leave at Eagle Farm junction, B3195, Strap Lane, B3193 Clay Pits Way, B3344 to A38 at Chudleigh Station junction  
  • Westbound - various single lane closures will be in place

 

Phase 3 - 10 January to 10 March

10 January and 4 February

  • Eastbound – the A38 will be closed between Goodstone and Chudleigh station. A signed diversion route will be in place via A382, Jetty Marsh Rd, Newton Rd, Green Hill Way, A383 to Whare Barton interchange, A380 leave at Eagle Farm junction, B3195, Strap Lane, B3193 Clay Pits Way, B3344 to A38 at Chudleigh Station junction.
  • Westbound – the carriageway will remain open.

7 February to 5 March

  • Eastbound – the A38 will be closed between Goodstone and Chudleigh Station. A signed diversion route will be in place via A382, Jetty Marsh Rd, Newton Rd, Green Hill Way, A383 to Whare Barton interchange, A380 leave at Eagle Farm junction, B3195, Strap Lane, B3193 Clay Pits Way, B3344 to A38 at Chudleigh Station junction.
  • Westbound - the A38 will be closed between Splatford Split and Goodstone. A signed diversion route will be in place via A380, Whare Barton, Green Hill Way, Newton Rd, Jetty Marsh Rd, A382 Exeter Rd, A383 Exeter Rd to A38 at Goodstone junction.

7 March to 9 March

  • Eastbound – the A38 will be closed between Goodstone and Chudleigh station. A signed diversion route will be in place via A382, Jetty Marsh Rd, Newton Rd, Green Hill Way, A383 to Whare Barton interchange, A380 leave at Eagle Farm junction, B3195, Strap Lane, B3193 Clay Pits Way, B3344 to A38 at Chudleigh Station junction.
  • Westbound – the carriageway will remain open with a section of A38 convoy working, the A38 Goodstone westbound entry slip will be closed.

10 March

  • Eastbound – the A38 will be closed between Goodstone and Chudleigh Station. A signed diversion route will be in place via A382, Jetty Marsh Rd, Newton Rd, Green Hill Way, A383 to Whare Barton interchange, A380 leave at Eagle Farm junction, B3195, Strap Lane, B3193 Clay Pits Way, B3344 to A38 at Chudleigh Station junction.
  • Westbound – the A38 will be closed between Splatford Split and Goodstone. A signed diversion route will be in place via A380, Whare Barton, Green Hill Way, Newton Rd, Jetty Marsh Rd, A382 Exeter Rd, A383 Exeter Rd to A38 at Goodstone junction.

 

Final phase - 11 March to 24 August

Drainage and barrier works on the eastbound carriageway at Chudleigh are ongoing and will complete on 29 May; we’ll start work on the westbound carriageway on 30 May and aim to complete 24 August. We’ll also carry out resurfacing on the westbound carriageway between Belvedere and Harcombe junction (Exeter Racecourse and Milestone Lane overbridge) from 12 to 27 May.

Work will be carried out overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest. Road closures will be in place between Splatford and Goodstone, during the day the road will be open as usual. Please accept our apologies in advance for any disruption which may be caused.

Traffic management

A38 Splatford to Goodstone 8pm to 6am the following morning

  • 12 to 27 May – both directions, overnight closures will be in place westbound for resurfacing and eastbound for drainage and barrier works. Diversions as below.
  • 28 & 29 May – eastbound only overnight closure for drainage and barrier work. Diversion as below.
  • 30 May to 24 August – westbound only overnight closure for drainage and barrier work. Diversion as below.

 

Diversions

  • Westbound A38 Splatford to Goodstone Cross junction – Traffic will be diverted via the A380 and A383, those requiring Chudleigh will be signed via the B3193. Local traffic will be able to join the A38 westbound at Drumbridges (Heathfield).
  • Eastbound A38 Goodstone Cross junction to Splatford – Traffic will be diverted via the A383 and A380. Local traffic will be able to join the A38 eastbound at Belvedere Cross (Exeter Racecourse).

     

 

 

 

The bridge deck at this location is in need of refurbishment to ensure the durability of the structure.  Works are extensive and will include repair of concrete, drainage, and the footway. In addition, we will replace waterproofing and bridge joints and finally renew the surfacing. We’ll work mainly during daytime hours and the bridge will remain open throughout most of the works.  

Traffic management

Phase 1:13 November to 3 January 2022

  • 2 narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit will be in place on the bridge deck
  • A 24/7 bridge closure is planned from 6 am 14 November to 6 am 15 November

Phase 2 and 3: 4 January to June 2022

  • Two-way temporary traffic lights and a single lane will be in place on the bridge deck
  • Planned overnight closures – 8 pm to 6 am the following morning
    • 4 January 2022
    • 7 to 11 January 2022
    • 31 January to 2 February 2022
    • 6 March 2022
    • 30 & 31 March 2022
    • 1 & 2 June 2022

Locally signed diversions will be in place for light traffic. HGV’s will be diverted via M5 J14 to J16 and vice versa. Footpaths will remain open except during overnight closures. Please note these closures may be subject to change. 

A38 Gloucester Road bridge, Almondsbury - March 2022 update

Highways England is funding this project to widen Mowhay Footbridge which crosses the A38 in Plymouth. Our Cycling, Safety and Innovation fund focuses on providing a more accessible, inclusive and integrated network. This includes improving cycling facilities, enhancing safety measures, expanding travel choices for a variety of users and creating improved connectivity for users and communities. 

Since 2015 Highways England has invested more than £85 million towards the creation of 160 new and upgraded cycleways across England, providing safe, attractive and accessible facilities for people to cycle for work, shopping and leisure.

By improving the connection between Honicknowle, Weston Mill and St Budeaux further recreational opportunities will be unlocked in Plymouth and  commuters will be provided with a new facility enabling them to actively choose an alternative sustainable method of transport.

We will be widening the existing bridge deck to provide a shared facility for cyclists and installing a new ramp and steps at the south end of the bridge.  We will also install lighting to make the bridge safer at night. 

To carry out the work safely we'll need to close Mowhay footbridge for approximately 7 months and some overnight closures of the A38 below will be needed to install scaffolding and safety barriers and elements of the new bridge deck. Where possible our operational team will make use of these closures to carry out repairs and maintenance on the A38 carriageway.

The bridge will be closed to the public from 12 July 2021 with a target to reopen in February/March 2022. Suggested alternative routes can be found below and further information can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/walkcyclemap 

August 2021 update

  • The site access road has now been constructed, which has allowed the setting up of the site compound including the contractors’ welfare facilities.
  • Demolition works have started for the elements of the bridge that are being replaced and the removal of the original steps and ramp is now complete. The concrete pours for the foundations of the new ramp and steps are progressing well.
  • We have removed the existing surfacing on the bridge deck, allowing us to undertake a detailed condition survey before re-waterproofing works commence.
  • At the end of August, we will start our night works which will include further demolition of the bridge parapets.  This will be start of our programme of night-time closures of the A38 (see advance warning section below). We'll make use of these overnight closures to undertake additional work such as resurfacing and general maintenance.

Newsletter - November 2021

Newsletter - January 2022

Newsletter - March 2022

 

 

We have now completed vegetation clearance and survey works on the site and are ready to move to the next stage of works.

The reconstruction of the embankment is complex and will need to be carried out in 2 phases. Phase 1 will see the installation of drains to lower the water level and phase 2 will see reconstruction of the embankment and reinstatement of the eastbound carriageway.

Phase 1 will begin at the end of October and we estimate it will take approximately 5 months to lower the water level sufficiently. Works will take place during daytime hours and the current eastbound traffic light system will remain in place 24/7.

Phase 2 will begin in June 2022.

We’ll be installing additional safety barriers, where there are gaps, along this stretch of the M5 from October to August 2022. The work will be carried out in phases, we'll work overnight Sunday to Thursday 8 pm in the evening to 6 am the following morning. The hard shoulder and lane 1 closures (with some slip road closures) will be in place while we're working. The road will be open as usual during the day.

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and the traveling public is kept to a minimum.

Our planned works are listed below.  We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes. 

Safety barrier replacement works are planned for:
10/10/21 – 25/10/21 - J11-J10 northbound
25/10/21 - 05/12/22 - J10-J9 northbound
06/12/21 – 16/02/22 - J12-J11 northbound
20/02/22 – 27/3/22 - J11-J12 southbound

Slip road closures are planned for:
24/02/22 – 27/02/22 - J11a northbound
28/02/22 – 06/03/22 - J11 northbound
07/03/22 – 10/03/22 - J10 northbound
13/03/22 – 17/03/22 - J9 northbound

Bridge deck refurbishment to include:

  • Removal and reconstruction of parapet edge beams
  • Full parapet and adjacent safety fencing replacement
  • Replacement of expansion joints
  • Localised concrete repairs
  • Remove existing run-on slabs
  • Re-waterproof and re-surface carriageway and footway decks
Update November 2020

Staverton bridge has been carrying B4634 traffic over the M5 since the 1970s and is now in need of refurbishment. We’re continuing to make good progress despite changes in the way we work to ensure our workforce remain safe during the Covid pandemic. 

 We’ve almost completed phase 1 which was the most complex and time consuming. This involved stripping back part of the top layer of concrete on the bridge deck, carried out full inspections of steel work, replaced damaged steel and added anodes to reduce further concrete and steel deterioration.

Further concrete removal is needed, and this will take place in a series of 13 sections spread across the bridge, to ensure the deck remains stable.

 

Steel inspection works

 

Update April 2021

Most of the top deck hydro demolition and concrete repairs are now complete with two of the major and 4 of the minor phases complete.

We're also working on the west end of the bridge, works will involve rectifying the defects on the ballast wall, outer face and underside of the bridge.

 

Update July 2021

We have completed all concrete works on top of the deck and we're now working on the underside edgebeams.

The western abutment is almost complete and we'll be moving to the eastern side shortly.

Work on the Public Right of Way is progressing well and we'll open it for public use as soon as possible. 

 

Newsletter - October 2021

Newsletter - January 2022

Newsletter - March 2022

Newsletter - end of April 2022 update

We are carrying out full refurbishment of the two main bridges that support the M5 J11 Golden Valley gyratory linking the M5 and the A40.  The majority of work will be carried out on the north to south bridges. This 18-month scheme will see removal and reconstruction of ballast walls, concrete repairs to the bridge deck, replacement of bridge bearings, removal and reconstruction of parapet edge beams and safety fencing, and finally waterproofing and resurfacing of the carriageway and footpath. Motorists travelling to Cheltenham or Gloucester may wish to consider using alternative junctions to avoid potential delays. 

The works will be carried out under a full closure of the gyratory. Motorists will be able to join and leave the M5 via the slip roads but will be unable to circle round the gyratory.

Update November 2020

We’re continuing to make good progress despite restrictions during the pandemic and changes in the way we work to ensure the safety of our workforce.

We’ve cleared the area of vegetation, set up welfare facilities, dug site trial holes to check for existing services, prepared access for abutment scaffolding,

Removed bridge deck surfacing and removed deck run on/off slabs.

Deck run on/off slabs removed

Deck run on/off slabs removed

 

Update February 2021

We've made good progress throughout January and works are currently on schedule:

  • Hydrodemolition  to access the post tensioned anchorages, has been completed
  • Post tensioned anchorages at all four deck ends have been exposed and inspected
  • Concrete repairs to deck ends have started following removal of defective concrete. These repairs are done in a set sequence, one small area at a time
  • Post tensioning duct investigations on the top deck are almost complete
  • We've started to install foundations for temporary access bridges to allow our workforce and machinery  to work on decks more easily

Work will continue over the next few months to remove and repair defective concrete to all four deck ends of the Golden Valley bridges.

At the same time we'll also be taking the opportunity to  repair the  concrete A frames on the Golden Valley east and west bridges. These structures support the A40 dual carriageway over the top of  the J11 gyratory,  the works are all below the bridge decks and will not impact the A40.  Preparations are ongoing for this work to begin late March 2021. Works will take place within the existing traffic management.

 

Update June 2021

Good progress is being made with site works and the scheme remains on target to complete in March 2022. Here's a quick overview on what we're currently working on:

  • All four deck ends and post tensioned anchorages have been exposed and inspected.
  • Hydrodemolition and concrete repairs to existing deck end and soffit concrete are approximately 50% complete.
  • Top deck post tensioning investigations are continuing.
  • Concrete testing of upper deck completed on both bridges.
  • Temporary site access bridges on to both bridge decks have been installed.
  • Scaffold temporary works platforms for parapet replacement works have been erected on both bridges.
  • Hydrodemolition of north bridge parapet edge beam is ongoing.
  • Bridge deck jacking and bearing replacement works have begun.
  • Golden Valley east and west supporting A frame repairs are continuing in line with expectation.

Work will continue to remove and repair defective concrete to all four deck ends of the Golden Valley bridges.

At the same time we'll also be working on the  concrete A frames on the Golden Valley east and west bridges.

 

Update October 2021

We've taken the scaffolding down and we're still on target to complete March 2022

M5 north and south bridge decks

  • Scaffold platforms for parapet replacement works have been removed from both bridge decks
  • The temporary bridges used to access the decks are now being removed
  • Bridge deck jacking and bearing replacement works are now complete
  • Bridge deck end rear and wing walls are being reconstructed
  • Hydrodemolition and concrete repairs to existing deck end and soffit concrete are almost complete
  • Top deck post tensioning investigations are complete on north deck and ongoing on the south deck
  • Parapet works are substantially complete

A40 east and west bridge decks

  • Repairs to the east bridge decks have been successfully completed
  • Repairs to the west bridge decks are almost complete

Over the next few months we'll continue to work on the bridge deck repairs, in tandem with reconstruction of walls and backfilling at either end of the deck.

Once complete, we'll move on to waterproofing and surfacing works.

Newsletter - January 2022

 

National Highways operates, maintains, and improves England’s motorways and major A roads. We also maintain the structures which cross our network.

Brookfield Road bridge crosses the M5 to the south of junction 11. The 3 span structure was built in 1970 and is now in need of extensive refurbishment. The bridge will be closed 24/7  from 4 January to December 2022 to allow us to carry out essential safety work. During this time there will be no access for motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists.

Works to the bridge are complex and will include concrete repairs to the bridge deck and supporting walls. We’ll also be replacing the bridge bearings, joints, edge beams,  parapets, and safety fencing.

In order to carry out these repairs we’ll need to:

  • remove the surfacing and waterproofing on the bridge deck
  • remove and replace any corroded steelwork and defective concrete
  • jack up the bridge deck to replace the bridge bearings
  • remove the concrete edge beams by hydro demolition and replace them with new reinforced concrete ones
  • replace the waterproofing membrane to the deck  
  • replacing the safety fencing
  • install new bridge joints
  • lay new surfacing

We’ll post regular updates and photos of the work here. Thank you for your patience while this essential safety work is carried out.

Brookfield Road bridge refurbishment - March 2022 update

We’re beginning preparatory work to install a footbridge at Michaelwood service station to link the northbound and southbound sites. To carry out the work safely we’ll need to close the M5 in both directions between junctions 13 and 14 on 3 December from 8pm to 6am the following morning. Traffic will be diverted via the A38.

Works will be ongoing through to summer 2022 and until then narrow lanes will be in place in the vicinity of the service station slip roads. A further overnight closure will be needed at a later date to install the footbridge, date to be confirmed nearer the time.

As part of our commitment to safety, we’re improving verge stability, replacing safety barriers, and upgrading drainage on the M5 southbound between J28 and J29.

To complete the work safely the hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed 24/7 from 4 January. There will be no work over the Easter break and we’ll ensure capacity is maintained over the Easter getaway by installing 3 narrow lanes. Some overnight closures will be needed to install traffic management:

Planned overnight closures 8pm to 6am

• 4 January – southbound M5 J28 to J29
• 13 April - southbound M5 J28 to J29
• 26 April - southbound M5 J28 to J29

A signed diversion will be in place via the A38 from Cullompton to Exeter.

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