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Mile Cut - Clearing
the New Cut
Holst started letting water into the new cut on 13 March 2006, and
it was almost filled when this picture was taken two days later
looking east. The existing line of canal sweeps round to the right
and then back to the left to pass in front of the white towers of
the Cemex concrete plant in the distance.
of Western Plug
By the end
of March 2006, the old piles had been removed and two diggers were
clearing the western plug left while the cut was being excavated.
A crane was helping to erect a framework for supporting the bridge
sections that will be welded together on site to carry Gloucester's
South West Bypass over the canal.
of Eastern Plug
On 3 April
2006, work started on clearing away the eastern plug left while
the new cut was being excavated. When this picture was taken two
days later, an opening had been made between the new cut and the
existing line of canal (in the foreground), and a small workboat
made the first passage right through the new cut. To the left,
in the distance, can be seen the bypass bridge under construction.
For project plans, earlier & later progress and historical
background, see links above.
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