The historic 138-year-old bridge was reopened to pedestrians and cyclists at the end of May. Since then further monitoring and testing has been carried out ready for traffic use and associated works on cycling infrastructure on nearby routes fast-tracked.
This means that once open on 10 July the bridge will remain open, rather than the public experiencing a series of subsequent weekend closures to deliver the cycling infrastructure work as previously planned.
Opening the bridge to southbound traffic will give the traffic network additional flexibility and resilience to allow Temple Gate improvements to be completed.
The southbound-only traffic route is likely to be in place until at least summer 2018, at which point the Mayor will review the usage of the bridge.
Peter Mann, Service Director for Transport at Bristol City Council, said:
“This is the final step in a complex reconstruction project and we are incredibly grateful for the public’s patience during this time. Setting this 10 July date is allowing us to progress other nearby cycle route works in advance and ensure that once open – the bridge will remain open for all, whether travelling by car, bike or foot.
“Removing the need for further weekend works after the opening date has reduced costs and minimised disruption for the public.
“The bridge is an important piece of our transport infrastructure so we have carefully worked through a range of options on how different road users might use it in future. We are confident we have come up with the right balance which considers current and forthcoming roadworks and their impact on our network, in particular on safety, congestion and overall performance.
“We need to see how these new changes work but the southbound-only traffic route is likely to be in place until at least summer 2018, at which point the usage of the bridge will be reviewed again.”