Holme Lacy Road (C1268) at Rotherwas in Hereford is currently closed due to the breakup of the road surface under the railway bridge. This damage has been created by the recent bad weather and high levels of groundwater which have been bubbling up through the road surface causing it to deteriorate.
Part of the problem has also been associated with the drainage system on the south side which was blocked. Crews have now cleared this system and ensured that the drainage to the pumping chamber and pumps that drain this low point on the road are all working correctly.
Clive Hall, Herefordshire Council head of highways and community services said: “In addition Balfour Beatty Living Places crews have laid new drainage to help drain the groundwater. We still need to have some periods of dry weather now to allow the road structure to drain.
“The team will also install new gullies in the carriageway to supplement the existing drainage and the repair the retaining wall to the high level footway.
“We will then reconstruct the carriageway beneath the bridge. The road will be reshaped and cambered, maintaining the current headroom, to shed water to the gullies.
“This work will likely run into early March, and although we apologise for any inconvenience, we feel it is crucial that we carry out a complete long term repair now and not temporary repair. This is so we leave the carriageway fit for future bad weather events.”
The work will be completed as quickly as possible, depending on favourable weather, and the road will remain closed until this is completed. Diversion routes run along the A49 and the B4399 Rotherwas Access Road.