Works on Patchway Railway Bridge, closed to traffic in a southbound direction since May, are likely to take a further six months to complete according to a source at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
A notice appeared last week in the Bristol Evening Post announcing the extension of the road closure order for an anticipated period of 10 weeks from 15th October, but new signs erected at the bridge this week show the target completion date as April 2009.
An SGC spokesperson told The Journal:
The strengthening works have been delayed due to the unforeseen diversions of water and gas mains, which had to be carried out before the strengthening of the bridge could start. These diversions took approximately three months to complete.
We have been working with the contractor and the utility companies to minimise delays and everyone involved is committed to completing the scheme without significant further disruption.
To enable bridge strengthening work to be completed the road closure is expected to remain in place until April of next year.
More information: South Gloucestershire Council – Patchway Bridge
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