Road closures for anti-floods work
A BUSY road through Frenchay will be closed during April as work to protect it from flooding gets under way.
Drainage pipes on the B4058 Bristol Road/Frenchay Park Road are being replaced as part of a £3.7million project to improve the flood resilience of key roads in South Gloucestershire.
Daytime temporary traffic lights were being put in place for two weeks from March 22 between the Begbrook Park and Old Gloucester Road junctions, next to the Frenchay Hospital site.
And from April 6 a combination of temporary traffic lights and complete closures were due to take place along the same stretch of road, which is used by many drivers travelling between Downend, Frenchay and the A4174 ring road.
South Gloucestershire Council says signed diversions will be in operation during the closures and it will "endeavour to keep access open for local residents and businesses", with workers at each end of the closure to let residents in and out.
Bus routes along the road will be diverted, with passengers advised to check the Travelwest website for updates.
The flood resilience project will take place in seven locations in South Gloucestershire, including Coldharbour Lane in Filton and roads in Filton, Frampton Cotterell and Yate.
It is being funded with a £3.2m grant from the Department for Transport and a further £500,000 from council budgets.
Council cabinet member for infrastructure, Steve Reade, said: "These sites are key routes within South Gloucestershire and being able to resolve long-standing issues with flooding will benefit all road users, as well as save the council money by reducing the need to carry out repair work."
Later in the year £475,000 will be spent across in Frenchay and Downend to resurface areas of Badminton Road and Bromley Heath Road, as well as Cleeve Wood Road and Cleeve Road.
The council is spending a total of £8.75million on transport infrastructure and road maintenance across South Gloucestershire.
The works also include new traffic calming measures for North Street in Downend, which will be linked to safety improvements planned for access to Christ Church Infants School, and resurfacing work on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.
And South Gloucestershire is also set to see £2.82m of a £2.5 billion government Potholes Fund to make repairs.