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Ring Road contraflow extended by seven weeks

Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018 at 9:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of repair work being carried out at the Bromley Heath Viaduct.

The highly disruptive contraflow system on the A4174 Ring Road at Bromley Heath which was due to be lifted by 12th March after being in place for 33 weeks will now not be removed until the last weekend in April (seven weeks later than originally planned).

Announcing the news on 5th February, just five weeks before the restrictions were due to be removed, and following numerous recent progress reports which had said the work was “on schedule”, South Gloucestershire Council blamed the delay on “unforeseen difficulties”.

The contraflow is in place to allow essential repairs and strengthening work to be carried out on one of two viaducts which carry the A4174 over the River Frome at this location.

A separate major project to provide a wider shared path and a protective barrier for cyclists and pedestrians using the viaduct is being undertaken at the same time.

The combined cost of both schemes was originally put at £5.9m with the contraflow lasting for 52 weeks, but the council was able to secure £2.8m of additional funding from the West of England Joint Committee allowing the duration to be reduced to 33 weeks. The recently announced delay means that this 19-week saving has now reduced to 12 weeks.

More: "Cost increases will be covered within the contingency budget" »

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Council’s astonishing U-turn over left-turn ban

Posted on Saturday 13th January 2018 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of no left-turn signage at the Hambrook lights.

Commuters who travel between Bradley Stoke and destinations in East Bristol have welcomed an astonishing council U-turn on a hugely unpopular ‘no left-turn’ restriction at the Hambrook lights, which they claimed was adding upwards of ten minutes to their journey times.

The restriction, which applied to traffic approaching the lights on the B4058 Bristol Road from Winterbourne, had been introduced on a trial basis from Monday 13th November as part of the traffic management measures associated with the Bromley Heath Viaduct (BHV) repair works on the A4174 Ring Road.

Explaining the move, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) said the need for left-turning traffic to join the contraflow on the A4174 was leading to “queuing along the B4058 of vehicles travelling straight ahead or turning right”. Vehicles wishing to travel eastbound on the ring road would now need to turn right at the lights and travel around the roundabout at Junction 1 of the M32.

However, in the days after the change came into force, many motorists chose to ignore the recommended diversion and go straight ahead at the lights, leading to increased congestion in Frenchay. There were also reports of vehicles continuing to make a sharp left turn at the lights once they had reached the carriageway of the A4174.

Reactions on the council’s dedicated BHV Facebook page were overwhelmingly negative, with hundreds of comments describing the restriction as “absurd” and “ridiculous” and pointing out the side effects on congestion in the wider area.

More: Council’s decision reversed after just two days »

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Ring Road traffic hell set to start on Monday

Posted on Friday 21st July 2017 at 6:43 pm by SH (Editor)

The two Bromley Heath Viaducts which carry the A4174 Ring Road over the River Frome.

Commuters in north Bristol are being warned to expect significant additional delays on roads throughout the area when South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) commences repairs to the Bromley Heath Viaduct in the final week of July.

The A4174 Ring Road near Hambrook is to be reduced to 50 percent capacity (one lane each way instead of two) for an estimated 33 weeks from the weekend of 22nd/23rd July.

The project was originally expected to take 52 weeks to complete, but a recent decision by the West of England Joint Committee to allocate additional funding of £2.8m means that it has been possible to reduce its duration. This will be achieved by carrying out the work over dual weekday shifts, with some weekend work as and when required.

Cllr Colin Hunt, SGC Cabinet member responsible for transport, said:

“Reducing the length of the work will help to alleviate congestion and the impact of diversions on local communities, commuters and people travelling through the area. We know the scheme will cause significant disruption for people but we are trying everything we can to mitigate this.”

The work is required in order to undertake essential maintenance on one of two parallel viaducts that carry the road over the River Frome between the Hambrook lights and Bromley Heath Roundabout.

The southern viaduct, which carries the westbound carriageway, is in need of: pier strengthening, bearing replacement, drainage improvements, waterproofing, parapet and safety fence replacement, concrete repairs, and abnormal load carrying capacity improvements.

A separate major project to provide a wider shared path and a protective barrier for cyclists and pedestrians using the viaduct will be carried out concurrently with the repairs.

More: Points to note for Bradley Stoke commuters »

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Ring Road viaduct closure set to cause “significant delays” for a year

Posted on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 9:29 pm by SH (Editor)

The two Bromley Heath Viaducts which carry the A4174 Ring Road over the River Frome.

Just when it looked like there was light at the end of the tunnel, with the end of the MetroBus roadworks finally in sight, commuters in north Bristol have been dealt a crushing blow with the news that a section of the A4174 Ring Road near Hambrook is to be reduced to 50 percent capacity (one lane each way instead of two) for up to 12 months starting in June or July.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the work is required in order to undertake essential maintenance on one of two parallel viaducts that carry the road over the River Frome between the Hambrook lights and Bromley Heath Roundabout.

The southern viaduct, which carries the westbound carriageway, requires work on: pier (support) strengthening, bearing and hinge replacement, drainage improvements, water proofing, parapet replacement, and concrete repairs.

A separate major project to provide improvements for cyclists and pedestrians using the bridge would also require closure of the southern viaduct for a year, if done independently of the structural work.

Money for the work will come from two grants already allocated to SGC by the Department for Transport; these originate from the Challenge Fund and the Cycle Ambition Fund.

After considering a range of options, councillors have decided that the work will begin in June/July this year for a maximum duration of one year, but with an aim to try to secure additional funding to accelerate the work programme and reduce the timescale. Both the essential maintenance of the viaduct structure and the improvements to widen the shared footpath for cyclists and pedestrians will be combined, which means that the total maximum time required on site would be one year rather than two.

The total cost of the work, when carried out over 12 months, is estimated at £5.9 million. Accelerating the programme, should additional funds be secured, would add between £0.8 and £3.7 million, depending on the timescale reduction required (ranging from 15 to 30 weeks).

SGC’s head of street care and transport Mark King said:

“The extent of the work requires the southern viaduct to be completely closed to all traffic for the duration of the project. This is because the removal of the worn out parts of the structure will mean it is too weak to safely carry any traffic until the maintenance is complete. During the closure, all traffic will be diverted on to the northern viaduct as other options would require a significant one to two mile diversion on to narrow roads.

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