One of the most potholed sections of highway in Bradley Stoke is scheduled to be fully resurfaced at the end of February, according to a notice recently published on the town council website.
The stretch of Woodlands Lane between its junction with The Park and the pedestrian crossing near the entrance to Woodlands Park has developed so many deep potholes that they have merged together to form metre-long ruts which at some points expose multiple layers of older road surface.
The potholes at this location have been the focus of many complaints, with reports on the FixMyStreet reporting website going back more than two years.
In a discussion on the BSJ Facebook page about the road damage at this location, one reader quipped (in February 2019):
“I thought Time Team had forgotten to fill in after their dig!”
Many months ago, marking paint was sprayed around the potholes, giving the impression that repairs were about to take place, but nothing happened and the markings have now been warn away by the heavy traffic.
South Gloucestershire Council has informed local residents that it intends to carry out the major resurfacing work overnight (between 8pm and 6am) from Monday 24th February to Thursday 27th February. The work will involve planing off the existing surface of the carriageway, which the council warns will create a “significant amount of noise”.
For the duration of the works, the road will be closed from 8pm each night and all traffic will be diverted around the area whilst the closures are in place.
In a letter to residents, the council writes:
“We will make every effort to ensure that access to properties and amenities fronting the site and whose only access is from the closed road, is kept available and the disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum. However, there may be periods of time when access to properties by vehicle will be unachievable, and for this, we apologise. Please note that adverse weather conditions or plant / delivery problems may affect these times and dates.”
On learning of the plan, one thankful two-wheeled road user, @JimsWheels, tweeted:
“Good news for #BradleyStoke Woodlands Lane, the crumbling remains of what used to be the road surface will be removed and a new surface installed.”
This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 31). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
UPDATE (17th February 2020)
South Gloucestershire Council has today confirmed that the work will be carried out overnight between 24th and 27th February, adding: “We will have staff on site to allow access to properties but for all other traffic a signed diversion will be in place. We apologise for the disruption caused and thank you for your patience.”
UPDATE (19th February 2020)
Announcement from First Bus, Bristol, Bath and the West:
Woodlands Lane (part) in Bradley Stoke will be closed to service 73 for resurfacing works between 20:00 and 06:00 from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th February (four nights).
Service 73 will divert via Bradley Stoke Way and Pear Tree Road in both directions.
Regretfully the bus stops Newleaze and Woodlands Park will not be served during this closure period.
All bus stops on the diversion route will be observed during this closure.
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