South Gloucestershire Bridge Repairs Disrupt A38 For Months

Commuters who typically use the A38 might have to find an alternative route next year, after it was announced a section of the dual carriageway will have temporary traffic lights in place while a bridge is being repaired.

National Highways reported that the A38 Almondsbury Overbridge requires refurbishment in order to fix its surfacing and ensure its structure remains durable, Bradley Soke Journal revealed.

A spokesperson for the group, which was formerly Highways England, said: “The works required are extensive and will include the addition of new concrete, renewal of the drainage and the footway.”

They went on to say: “In addition to this, we will replace waterproofing and bridge joints, and renew the surfacing.”

The first phase of the project commenced last month, resulting in narrow traffic lanes along the stretch between Almondsbury and Thornbury.

One of the footways across the bridge has also been closed and is not expected to reopen until June next year, when the work will, hopefully, be finished. Additionally, there is a 30 mile per hour speed restriction at the bridge to ensure motorists drive slower at the site.

Phase Two began on January 4th, and this, together with Phase Three, will see the road drop to a single lane. Most of the repairs will be conducted during the daytime, with a handful of overnight closures between 2000 and 0600 to reduce disruption to drivers.

Fitz Bridge is also being fixed, with parapet repairs, general repointing, and vegetation clearance taking place on December 17th. As a result, a road over the River Perry between Fortum farm junction to the B5067 junction to Leaton was shut, Shropshire Council told Border Counties Advertizer.

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