A new set of long-term roadworks at Aztec West gets under way today (Monday 16th May).
The scheme, which involves widening the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout, widening the eastern side of the roundabout to provide four lanes, installing new light-controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists across three arms of the roundabout and widening the shared use footway/cycleway either side of the A38 between the roundabout and M5 junction 16, is expected to take between 12 and 18 months to complete.
Funded as part of an £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the project is separate from the MetroBus work currently being carried out in the Bradley Stoke area.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the work is necessary to “mitigate the impact of traffic arising from new developments”, such as the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood where 5,700 new homes are expected to be constructed by 2027.
In response to a query from the Journal, SGC confirmed that footway works in Park Avenue, necessitating off-peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) lane closures, would commence on Monday 16th May.
The major carriageway works associated with the Aztec West scheme are not planned to begin until next year, after the Bradley Stoke Way section of the MetroBus works has been completed.
Contractor compounds incorporating portable offices and welfare units have already been set up on the Bradley Stoke and Aztec West Business Park sides of the roundabout.
SGC has set up a dedicated webpage set up for the scheme, at www.southglos.gov.uk/A38roundaboutwidening, which it said would be kept up-to-date with phasing plans and traffic management areas. However, information about the first phase of the scheme had not been published on the webpage at the time this article was prepared on Sunday evening.
More information: Plan of the work being carried out [PDF]
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