As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the district’s roads, North Somerset Council will resurface a section of the A38 near Bristol Airport across the weekend of Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.The surface dressing will be carried out on a six-kilometre stretch of the A38 between the South Bristol Link Road and the junction with Downside Road.Surface dressing is a road treatment that extends the life of a road, protects it from water damage and enhances the skid resistance of the road surface improving road safety.North Somerset Council carry out surface dressing where the structure of the road is sound but the surface has started to deteriorate. The works are carried out during the summer months when there are more hours of daylight available to enable the new surface to set correctly.

The A38 surface dressing will be carried out between 5am and 12midday on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July. Traffic heading out of Bristol towards the airport during these hours will be diverted along South Bristol Link Road, A370 and Brockley Combe.

Outside these hours, the A38 will fully re-open.

“The council’s surface dressing programme is part of our long-term commitment to investing in our roads,” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, executive member with responsibility for roads.

“Treating roads in this way prevents them from getting any worse and needing a much more expensive repair in the future.

“We are working closely with Bristol Airport to ensure their passengers and staff are aware of the need to allow extra travelling time.”

Drivers are urged to be patient during the works and people due to arrive at Bristol Airport between 5am and 12 midday on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July are advised to allow extra journey time.

For more information about road improvements and this summer’s programme of surface dressing across North Somerset visit

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