Relief on the ring road as viaduct reopens
THE Avon Ring Road at Bromley Heath should be back to four lanes by the time you read this edition of Emersons Green Voice.
The contraflow introduced on the A4174 while work to repair the Bromley Heath Viaduct was carried out was set to be removed during the last weekend of April.
But some of the roads which have been shut during the roadworks could now stay closed - a move which has brought protests from motorists and residents (see page 4).
The southern viaduct over the river Frome shut in July last year so that vital structural work could be carried out. As well as the structural work the viaduct has been resurfaced, new railings have been installed and the shared bike and footpath upgraded, with safety barriers to divide pedestrians and cyclists from road traffic.
Council cabinet member for transport Colin Hunt said: “We’re pleased that this major engineering project is coming to an end and that the viaduct has been made fit for the future and now features a greatly improved shared footpath for cyclists and pedestrians.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank residents and businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout this essential maintenance and improvement work.”
The closure has led to longer-than-usual delays on Bromley Heath Road and on the approaches to the contraflow on the ring road itself. Diversions have affected traffic through neighbouring areas, including Frenchay and Winterbourne.
• Bromley Heath Road is being resurfaced following the reopening of the viaduct.
The road will be shut 8pm -6am from May 14-23.