Work starts this spring on the £3.8m project to repair Bath’s historic Cleveland Bridge.
The major engineering project which is set to start mid-April is part of millions of pounds of investment in infrastructure projects happening this year to support the city’s recovery and meet its future needs.
The Grade II* listed bridge is a crucial link in the strategic road network between the A46 and the A36, carrying 17,000 vehicles every day.
However, surveys carried out by Bath & North East Somerset Council have revealed that despite routine maintenance it now needs extensive major structural repairs.
The project, funded through the Government’s Highways Challenge Fund, is expected to take seven months to complete with the bridge closed to vehicles for 12 weeks from early May until early August. However, it is not until engineers are able to inspect the bridge, following its closure, that a timeline can be confirmed.
Access for pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles will be maintained with diversion routes for vehicles clearly signposted from Chippenham, Warminster, Bristol and the M4.
Works were originally intended to take place in summer 2020, however the wide-ranging impact of the COVID pandemic has caused delays, with listed building consent only being granted in October last year. Essential maintenance on the bridge has now been timed to start after the start of the Clean Air Zone which launches on March 15.
The work on Cleveland Bridge forms part of a multimillion-pound programme of investment in major infrastructure projects this year to support the city’s long-term recovery from the impact of coronavirus and to meet its future needs.
Other improvements scheduled to start later in the spring include the installation of fibre broadband and the diversion of a major gas pipeline along the towpath to prepare the former gas works for development at Bath Western Riverside.
For more information on the Cleveland Bridge works visit Bath & North East Somerset Council’s website.