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Highways Agency scraps corroded bridge replacement plan

The Highways Agency has scrapped plans to replace a heavily corroded bridge over the M5 near Gloucester after local stakeholders objected to the 47-week reconstruction programme.

The Agency put the £10M bridge replacement out to tender in June last year, but revealed in December that the plans were being reviewed. The awarding procedure has now been discontinued.

The Agency said the the contract may be the object of a re-publication but that the procurement strategy and scope of the scheme is currently undecided and may or may not be re-advertised.

Piffs Elm Overbridge had been identified as being subject to thaumasite attack of its reinforced concrete foundations. The attack was noted to be so severe that further investigations were not recommended because they could put the structure at risk; instead complete replacement was planned.

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