Avon Bridge refurbishment
Works to refurbish Avon Bridge on Brunel Way (A3029) will get underway from Tuesday 20 September.
This essential work has been planned in to make sure the route across the bridge remains open as much as possible, to minimise disruption to people using the Cumberland Basin flyover.
The programme of work will involve replacing the fixed bridge’s four road expansion joints, removing its road surfacing to re-waterproof the reinforced concrete deck, and replacing the road surface.
The council’s highways maintenance team will also take the opportunity to clear the road gullies and refresh road markings in the area, and are also planning repairs to the carriageway on Hotwell Road.
The road network through this area of Bristol will remain open during the first two phases of the works, although there will be one lane closure in each direction.
The last two phases will see weekend road closures in alternate directions. The dates for these are still to be confirmed.
A diversion will be put in place via Coronation Road and Cumberland Road, which will be open in both directions for the two weekend closures.
The works are planned to take place over the following four phases:
- Phase 1: 20 September to 5 October – inside lane (lane 1), closures both north and southbound on Avon Bridge to remove surfacing and re-waterproof the concrete deck and replace the road surface
- Phase 2: 6 to 21 October – outside lane (lane 2), closures both north and southbound on Avon Bridge to remove surfacing and re-waterproof the concrete deck and replace the road surface
- Phase 3: southbound weekend closure of Brunel Way to replace the four expansion joints, with traffic diverted via Cumberland Road and Coronation Road
- Phase 4: northbound weekend closure of Brunel Way to replace the four expansion joints, with traffic diverted via Cumberland Road and Coronation Road
Bristol Sport and Avon and Somerset Police were informed of the dates for these essential works.
Council contractors will do their best to keep disruption to a minimum, although delays to traffic in the area are likely.
Advanced warning signs will be displayed to give motorists the chance to take alternative routes if they wish.
The work forms part of the council’s bridges annual maintenance programme and has been planned in after Avon Bridge was found to be in very poor condition during a detailed investigation in 2021.
The council also assesses the wider Western Harbour area, including the Cumberland Basin complex, during routine highway inspections and roads are routinely patch-repaired when needed.
Priority is being given to critical structural bridge repairs to prolong the life of this complex elevated structure.