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“Tricky” ground conditions forced daytime piling on A40 scheme

Gloucestershire County Council has said that ground conditions are “proving particularly tricky” on one section of the A40 Over Roundabout upgrade forced a switch from overnight to day time working over the weekend.

Use of impact hammers by Sheet Piling UK on the £2.7M scheme led to Gloucestershire calling for Highways England to permit daytime working on the project after local residents complained over noise issues.

Work on installing 16m long sheet piles as part of the roundabout widening work started in late May and the project is scheduled to take 18 weeks.

The road was closed from 8am to 8pm yesterday to allow piles to be installed in the “difficult section” and piling operations are expected to return to overnight shifts tonight.

“We appreciate that this daytime closure was far from ideal but it helped us to get piling work done as quickly as possible and limit the amount of overnight work we will need to do this week,” said Gloucestershire team leader for major projects Scott Macaulay-Lowe.

Macaulay-Lowe is reported to have told local media that the council underestimated “how far the noise would travel”.

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