M32 sliproad to reopen - but not to vans, lorries or buses
THE M32 slip road which was shut after being damaged in a fire is set to reopen tomorrow – to cars and motorbikes only.
The northbound ramp to the Muller Road roundabout at the Eastville junction, has been shut since a suspected arson attack on a yard at Tesco Eastgate, which damaged the concrete structure.
One lane of the slip road will open and there will be a 3-tonne weight limit and 2 metre width restriction.
Drivers of bigger vehicles such as lorries and vans have been warned that, should they try to use the slip road, they will get stuck.
Highways England says its examinations have shown that the slip road off the Eastville flyover, which usually carries around 14,000 vehicles per day, is safe for lighter vehicles to use.
Regional head of service delivery Chris Regan said: “It is necessary to put the weight and width restriction in place to ensure to protect the bridged slip road from further damage.
“Buses, ambulances, fire engines and all lorries will be unable to use it, and any larger vehicles that attempt to could get stuck in the narrow lane that will be put in place as part of the traffic management.
“We ask for road users to respect the guidance and not attempt to use the slip road if they are travelling in anything other than a normal car or motorcycle.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and, in the meantime, we thank people for their continued patience as we carry out ongoing work to fully repair the damage.”
Signs will advise all larger vehicles to continue to use the official diversion via junction 1 and the southbound junction 2 slip road, or take an alternative route entirely.
The M32 was set to shut northbound between the St Paul’s and Eastville junctions from 9pm tonight until 6am tomorrow. Northbound traffic leaving Bristol will be diverted via Stokes Croft, the A38 and Muller Road.
Work to establish a long-term fix for the damage continues.
More resurfacing is also planned on the southbound M32, which will be closed overnight on Friday 20 March and Tuesday 24 March, weather permitting.
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