Get ready for two-hour jams
Published on: 02 May 2017
WORK is continuing to try to minimise the predicted drastic impact of reducing traffic on the ring road at Bromley Heath from four lanes to two this summer.
The closure of the southern viaduct over the river Frome for up to a year for essential repairs is expected to cause delays of up to two hours at peak times and affect many roads in the surrounding area.
South Gloucestershire Council is finalising its traffic management plan after consulting widely and says it will outline its proposals at a series of public meetings next month.
The latest information can also be found on the viaduct page of the council’s website www.southglos.gov.uk/bhviaduct and the next planned presentation will be at the Staple Hill and Rodway Community Engagement Forum at the Salvation Army Citadel in Broad Street on May 16 at 7pm.
The proposals to deal with the effects are likely to include some road closures, to prevent ‘rat running’ on alternative routes, but will be kept flexible so changes can be made in response to traffic patterns.
Construction of the site compound is under way and the council is preparing to open a 220-space park and ride car park at Lyde Green earlier than planned.
The £5.9 million project on the stretch of road between the Bromley Heath roundabout and the Hambrook lights is needed because without it the 1960s bridge is at risk of failure within a few years.
The council has applied to the Department of Transport and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership for an additional £3.7 million, which could speed up the works programme from 52 weeks to 33 and local MPs and councillors have met Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to press the case for acceleration of the project because of the impact of the traffic delays on the economy of the area.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: “The latest information is available on the dedicated Bromley Heath Viaduct webpage www.southglos.gov.uk/bhviaduct.
"Any further details regarding engagement meetings, start dates or traffic management etc will be added as soon as the information is available.”