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Nearly £180,000 will be invested to keep a busy road near Bristol moving.

Several maintenance schemes are needed along the A370 Long Ashton bypass and North Somerset Council is closing the road for five nights in July to get everything done at once, as quickly as possible.

Work will include repairs to three bridges, upgrading all the street lights to the latest state-of-the-art LED technology, cutting back verges, emptying and clearing the drains, as well as replacing any damaged iron works, such as manhole covers. Trees along the road will also be checked and any that have become unsafe will be removed.

The overnight closures, which will be in place from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July, 7pm-5am, will run from the B3130 Flax Bourton Cambridge Batch junction to Colliters Way, the South Bristol link road. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and can also be found online at

North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for highways, Councillor James Tonkin, said: “Maintenance schemes are vital in the work we do to keep our network safe.

“With a variety of work needed along the A370 we are using a night closure to get everything done as fast as possible while minimising disruption for those who use this very important route. This means we will avoid the prolonged roadworks that would be caused by individual schemes being done one at a time.

“Doing the work in the summer allows us to make the most of the longer daylight hours. We also want to make sure vegetation removal is done now, and drains are clear ready for the autumn.”

The A370 maintenance schemes will be carried out by North Somerset Council contractors including Skanska, Glendale and Centregreat Engineering.

Press release by North Somerset Council.

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