The work, which will affect a section of the route from Broadmead roundabout through to Hicks Gate roundabout, is the first stage on a wider works programme which will continue in 2018. The road surface has reached the end of its life and as a result requires frequent costly maintenance repairs which cause ongoing disruption.
Councillor Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport & Highways, said: “We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum while this essential work is carried out. Undertaking full resurfacing now will both help save us money in the long-term and reduce the need for future repair works.”
Bath & North East Somerset were successful with a Challenge Fund bid in partnership with Bristol City Council to the Department for Transport which will enable us to fully resurface the whole bypass and both roundabouts in two phases.
Phase one of the works will see two kilometres of westbound carriageway and Broadmead roundabout resurfaced overnight with work scheduled from 8pm until 6am in order to minimise disruption along this very busy stretch of carriageway.
This phase of work will also include vehicle restraint system (VRS) replacement and upgrade works, new traffic counter loops and replacement road markings.
During night time works, the bypass will remain open and manually-operated temporary traffic signals will be installed on the approaches to Broadmead roundabout to control traffic. There will also be two nights which will require the approach to Broadmead roundabout to be closed from Keynsham. A signed diversion route through Keynsham will be in place on this occasion.
Phase two, planned for May/June 2018 will include bridge deck waterproofing and eastbound carriageway resurfacing including Hicks Gate roundabout and its approaches from Bristol, Keynsham and the A4174 Ring Road (South Gloucestershire Council). Further details on the delivery of this phase of works will be published in the New Year and updates provided on our website at www.bathnes.gov.uk and via Twitter https://twitter.com/bathnes