Children bury time capsule
Pupils from two Downend primary schools have buried a treasure trove for future generations to mark the completion of the project to repair the Bromley Heath Viaduct.
Youngsters from St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School and Christ Church Junior School collected some mementoes of 2018 for a time capsule, which has been buried at the viaduct and is due to be opened in 50 years’ time.
Whoever opens it will find items including a school tie, class photos, a poem and the results of a survey of pupils’ favourite foods, music and football teams, giving them a snapshot of life for pupils while the work on the A4174 Avon Ring Road was underway.
The dual carriageway reopened at the end of April, bringing to an end a contraflow system which had been in place since last July.
Colin Hunt, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for planning, transportation and the strategic environment, said: “The viaduct has undergone major strengthening works and drainage improvements and a new path which can be shared by cyclists and pedestrians has also been added, which is also now open for use.
“I am really pleased to see this major project completed to such a high standard and within budget. It demonstrates the council’s excellent partnership working with a large number of contractors.
“The time capsule event with local school children was a fitting
celebration to mark the end of this complex engineering project.
“I would once again like to thank residents, businesses and commuters for their patience while these essential works were carried out.”
Work to remove the large scaffolding structure underneath the viaduct is due to finish in June. After that, the council expects that the westbound viaduct will not need any more maintenance for the next 30 years.