More road works mayhem ahead ...

November 02 2016

DRIVERS can expect delays on the ring road near Downend for the next 18 months as work is carried out to ensure the route remains safe for the future.

DRIVERS can expect delays on the ring road near Downend for the next 18 months as work is carried out to ensure the route remains safe for the future.

It has been revealed that a programme of repairs is needed on the Bromley Heath viaduct, between the roundabout and the Hambrook lights.

The work is due to start in April. It will take a year and will inevitably involve lane closures and diversions - with a knock-on effect on people living in the surrounding areas - although South Gloucestershire Council says every effort will be made to minimise disruption.

A council report says that without the essential maintenance, which includes waterproofing and repairs to the deck and parapets, the viaduct would be at risk of failure within a decade. This would potentially mean permanent lane closures and speed restrictions for safety. The report says: “Lane closures on this section could cause tailbacks of 8km and delays of up to two hours choking the adjacent road network.”

The westbound carriageway is considered to be most at risk.

The Bromley Heath viaduct is the busiest section of the A4174 and carries about 52,000 vehicles a day. This is forecast to rise to 60,000  a day by 2020 because of the thousands of homes being built and job opportunities being created.

The  work is part of the £15.5 million Challenge Fund package for the ring road alongside the creation of the MetroBus. Long stretches are being resurfaced in a programme designed to add 20 years’ life to the road. Cycle paths, footpaths and lighting are being improved, and structural repairs carried out.

Planned restrictions on the A4174 this month include off-peak lane closures between Hambrook lights and Bromley Heath roundabout and between Bromley Heath and Wick Wick roundabout.