Disruption continues at Teewell Hill
Published on: 03 Dec 2015
FURTHER disruptions can be expected at Teewell Hill Bridge despite promises from the council that it would reopen by the end of October.
Although South Gloucestershire Council has completed the majority of work to widen the bridge, waterproofing works is causing more delays.
The bridge has been closed to all vehicles this week (Monday 23 to Friday 27 November, from 8am-3-3.30pm) and will close from Monday November 30 until Friday December 4, again from 8am-3.30pm.
Access to Signal Road to Teewell Hill will still be possible as well as Station Road to Gloucester Road.
A spokesperson from South Gloucestershire Council said: “While we finish the project and tidy up the site there will still be some disruption caused to local residents and people using the railway path and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
The railway path is open to cyclists and walkers at present although there are restrictions placed on the width of the path until some of the building materials are removed from site over the next few weeks.
Traffic lights also remain in place on the road above (Teewell Hill) to ensure safety for those working on site and for road users.
The bridge is expected to fully reopen later in December.
The spokesperson added: “We understand the disruption this has caused and that this project has taken longer than we originally anticipated, but trust the public will be reassured that making this crossing safe is our first concern. The end result will however make everyone’s life a lot easier with regards to moving across the bridge on foot, by bike or by car.”
The work to widen the bridge and to add footpaths both sides for pedestrians started in October 2014 and was originally expected to last for eight weeks.
But delays were caused when work to put four embankment supports in place at each corner of the bridge took longer than expected.
Further jobs included completing the new arch above the path, capping the piling, and carrying out maintenance to the old masonry arch. Improved cycling facilities also form part of the scheme.
The bridge, which was built in the 1840s to carry traffic over the now Bristol and Bath Railway Path, had been struggling to cope with the volume and size of today’s traffic and vehicles were hitting the barrier walls and railings.