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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 March, 2005, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
'Major fault' threat over bypass
Congestion on the Bristol road
The project should ease traffic congestion on the A430 Bristol Road
Engineers are investigating what could be a major fault in a bridge carrying Gloucester's northern bypass.

The problem could delay a government plan to hand over responsibility of the A40 bypass to the local council.

The bridge is supported on piers as it crosses low-lying land and the east parting of the River Severn just a few yards from the Over Roundabout.

A surface ridge has appeared and experts fear it could be caused by the distortion of the underlying structure.

The A40 along with the A48 is due to be downgraded to a county road, but Shire Hall says it will refuse to take over a section which needs costly repairs.

The Highways Agency is due to hand control to the county council this summer.




SEE ALSO:
City bypass opens a month early
16 Feb 05 |  Gloucestershire
Bypass work means traffic problem
20 Jun 04 |  Gloucestershire
New homes secure bypass funding
04 Mar 04 |  Gloucestershire
Third phase of city's bypass under way
19 May 03 |  Gloucestershire
More money for city bypass
04 Apr 03 |  England


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