New Aztec West/A38 roadworks begin today

Roadworks sign on Park Avenue, Aztec West Business Park, Bristol.

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, 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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  1. The following update was made to SGC’s dedicated webpage today:

    “Phase 1 works to commence on Park Avenue on Monday 16 May. The work involves the replacement of block paving in the footways. Lane closures will be in place between 9:30am and 3:30pm.”

  2. Update posted today on the SGC website:

    The majority of the Park Avenue footway improvements have been completed where the block paving has been replaced by flexible footway construction. The outstanding areas are completion of the crossing points and traffic island work.

    Starting on Monday 13 June we will begin widening the northbound A38 footway starting at the north end near the M5 Junction 16 roundabout. This will be delivered under off peak lane 1 closures. (9.30am to 3.30pm)

  3. Update posted today on the SGC website:

    On Wednesday the 15th June there will be an overnight ground penetrating radar survey undertaken of the southbound verge and carriageway. This will require the southbound A38 carriageway between M5 Junction 16 and Aztec west roundabout to be reduced to 1 lane overnight from 8:00pm to 6:00am.

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