Prepare for traffic chaos: work due to start any day on viaduct repairs

June 23 2017

WORK is due to begin this month on the Bromley Heath viaduct, reducing traffic on the Avon Ring Road from four lanes to two.

WORK is due to begin this month on the Bromley Heath viaduct, reducing traffic on the Avon Ring Road from four lanes to two.

It is expected to cause jams of up to three miles and delays of two hours at peak times. Many roads in the surrounding area will be affected as drivers seek alternative routes. However, after consulting local people, South Gloucestershire Council has decided against temporary closure of most “rat runs” because of the impact on people living close by.

Old Bromley Heath Road, Bury Hill and Cuckoo Lane are being shut and there will be restrictions at the Hambrook lights for traffic turning on or off the ring road.

The work on the stretch of road between the lights and the Bromley Heath roundabout is needed because the 1960s southern viaduct over the river Frome would otherwise be at risk of failure within a few years.

The bridge, which carries approximately 55,000 vehicles and 500 cyclists a day requires essential maintenance work on: pier strengthening, bearing replacement, drainage improvements, water proofing, parapet and safety fence replacement, concrete repairs, and abnormal load carrying capacity improvements.

The southern viaduct  is being shut for the duration of the project, with all cars diverted on to the northern viaduct. Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted on to the footway on the northern viaduct.

It is hoped that the 220-place park and ride at Lyde Green can be opened early in time for the project. 

The council confirmed that the main work and contraflow would go ahead this month but could not give a start date.

The work is scheduled to take up to a year but it is hoped that a meeting of West of England Local Enterprise Partnership on June 28 will authorise additional funding to enable the timeframe to be reduced to 33 weeks.

The council has been holding a further series of information meetings. The last of these are 

• Tuesday June 27, 6pm to 8pm, Winterbourne Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue BS36 1NJ; 

• Wednesday June 28, 5pm to 7pm, The Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton BS34 7PS; and 

• Wednesday July 5, 6pm to 8pm, Winterbourne Library, Flaxpits Lane BS36 1LA.

The latest updates can be found on the council’s website 

South Gloucestershire Council’s head of StreetCare and Transport Mark King said: “We would like to thank those who attended our first round of residents’ engagement meetings which took place in March, and everyone who commented on the proposed traffic management measures and recommended traffic routes while the work at Bromley Heath Viaduct is taking place. We hope that listening to local people’s views and suggestions will help to minimise disruption to residents and road users in the area. This second round of meetings sees senior officers present the confirmed traffic management plan after considering all of the feedback received.”