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Aztec West Roundabout A38 Southbound Widening Scheme

Sign advertising consultation on a road widening scheme at the Aztec West Roundabout.

Work on this major scheme began on Monday 16th May 2016 and 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.

Scheme details

  • Widening of the A38 approach to the roundabout from the north (i.e. from junction 16 of the M5) to provide six lanes entering the roundabout (compared to the existing four). This will enable two lanes to be dedicated to each of the key traffic movements (left to Bradley Stoke Way, straight on to the A38 towards Filton, and right turn to the Aztec West Business Park).
  • Widening of the eastern side of the circulatory carriageway to provide four lanes through this part of the roundabout (two serving the straight-on movement to the A38 south and Filton, and two serving the right-turn into Aztec West Business Park).
  • Installation of new pedestrian and cycle controlled crossing points across the A38 northern arm of the roundabout, and construction of linking shared use paths connecting the crossing points. Installation of new pedestrian and cycle controlled crossing points across the Bradley Stoke Way arm of the roundabout, and construction of linking shared use paths. Installation of new pedestrian and cycle controlled crossing points across the Aztec West arm of the roundabout, and construction of linking shared use paths.
  • The existing northbound and southbound shared use footway / cycleway either side of the A38 will be widened to a minimum of 3m from the Aztec West Roundabout to junction 16 of the M5

View a plan of the work included in the scheme [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Consultation

Updates published by SGC

For the latest information, visit: Aztec west roundabout A38 southbound widening scheme

10th January 2017

During our preparation works for the gas main diversion we discovered a number of additional redundant gas mains present that need to be dealt with.

In addition, the weather forecast is currently predicting sub-zero temperatures and possible adverse weather conditions during the planned work.

Our engineers have started work on the additional gas mains in advance, however to ensure that the scheduled work is completed on time they will need to work an extra shift.

The additional work shift will be carried out on Thursday (12th January) daytime to reduce the possibility of the work running over to Monday morning. Our engineers will be working on the site for 24 hours per day between 12 and 16 January.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Starting in the morning of Thursday 12th January, a lane closure will be placed on the A38 southbound approach to Aztec West roundabout. This will reduce the number of traffic lanes from 4 down to 3. The lane closure will then stay in place throughout the whole of the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday while the gas diversion is being completed. It is anticipated that the diversion will be finished in time for reopening the lane for the morning peak of Monday 16th January 2017.

30th November 2016

The A38 central reserve between M5 Junction 16 and Aztec west roundabout has been removed and replaced with carriageway construction.

A38 narrow lanes are now operational in both the northbound and southbound directions along with a temporary central reserve barrier and a temporary 30 miles per hour speed limit. This provides enough working space to safely construct the A38 southbound widening.

Advanced utility works have commenced on the A38 southbound footway which is now partly closed to pedestrian traffic and a pedestrian diversion is in operation.

A significant gas main diversion is required for the project that will require working in the A38 southbound carriageway. This has been planned with Wales and West Utilities to be completed in early January when the traffic is lightest for this time of year.

Starting in the evening of Thursday 12th January 2017 a lane closure will be placed on the A38 southbound approach to Aztec West roundabout. This will reduce the number of traffic lanes from 4 down to 3. The lane closure will then stay in place throughout the whole of the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday while the gas diversion is being completed. It is anticipated that the diversion will be finished in time for reopening the lane for the morning peak of Monday 16th January 2017.

4th October 2016

Good progress has been made on removing the A38 central reserve between Aztec west roundabout and M5 Junction 16. It is anticipated that we will be able to surface the old central reserve ready for vehicle running by the 14th October 2016. Narrow lanes running will then be introduced on the A38 southbound on the 15/16th October 2016.

A38 narrow lanes will then be operational in both the northbound and southbound directions along with a temporary central reserve barrier and a temporary 30 miles per hour speed limit. This will provide enough working space to safely construct the A38 southbound widening.

Advanced utility works have also commenced on the A38 southbound footway which is now partly closed to pedestrian traffic and a pedestrian diversion is in operation.

1st August 2016

The majority of the Park Avenue footway improvements have been completed where the block paving has been replaced by flexible footway construction. The Park Avenue traffic islands have been upgraded to incorporate all of the proposed pedestrian and cycle crossings except for the installation of the signals equipment. The A38 northbound shared use footway / cycleway has been widened to 3 metres or more.

Starting on Monday 5 September we will begin to remove the A38 central reserve. This will require narrow lanes running on the A38 northbound which should be implemented over the weekend before. To minimise congestion, the central reserve removal will be delivered with lane closures and night time works. The A38 northbound lane closures will commence at 9:00pm with A38 southbound lane closures commencing at 10:00pm. Overnight works will be removed each day by 6:00am for the following day.

After the central reserve is removed, A38 narrow lanes will be retained in both the northbound and southbound directions along with a temporary central reserve barrier. This will provide enough working space to safely construct the A38 southbound widening.

Starting early September some advanced utility works will be commenced in the southbound footways which are currently fenced off.

8th July 2016

On Friday the 8 July and Saturday 9 July there will be overnight trial hole excavations undertaken in the southbound 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.‪

10th June 2016

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.

8th June 2016

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)

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