Stanley Mills bridge works completed ahead of schedule

 

Solid work on a bridge strengthening project will allow Ryeford Road South, near King’s Stanley, to reopen ahead of schedule.

The original arches of the 200 year-old Stanley Mills Bridge have been strengthened and reinforced with concrete. At the same time a traffic priority scheme and build-out have also been created to improve safety.

The priority system will improve safety on the narrow stretch of road over the bridge by making sure vehicles give way to oncoming traffic.

Work has been carried out as part of the county council’s commitment to keep Gloucestershire moving, and will allow the bridge to keep up with the demands of today’s heavier traffic.

Two county councillors have contributed their Highways Local funds and two parish councils contributed their own funds to help pay for these safety and improvement works. This highlights the exceptional effort from communities and the county council in working together to improve safety of the Stanley Mills Bridge.

To allow the complex structural engineering project to be completed, a road closure has been in place since 19th June.

However, thanks to good conditions and efforts to complete the work as quickly as possible, the project will be completed ahead of schedule.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “We have carried out these works to keep our roads moving with the times. This bridge was designed and built over 200 years ago when traffic was much lighter: there weren’t too many articulated delivery lorries on the road back then!

“It’s great that not only have we been able to revamp an important historical structure – we’ve been able to do so in record time. Well done to the team for all their hard work.”

Cllr Steve Robinson, county councillor for Nailsworth Division which includes King’s Stanley, said: “Congratulations to the highways project team and staff on the ground for making it possible to reopen the highway as quickly as possible. It’s good to see road safety being made a priority on local roads.”