Long Ashton Bypass to close for roadworks next week

PUBLISHED: 07:18 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 March 2018

The A370 will be closed at night.

The A370 will be closed at night.

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One of North Somerset’s busiest commuter routes into Bristol will be closed over seven days, starting on Monday.

Night-time closures will be necessary on the Long Ashton Bypass so various improvement works can be carried out.

North Somerset Council says the nature of the changes mean there is no alternative but to shut the A370 while workers are on the scene.

It will mean the A370 will be closed from the start at Flax Bourton near the Barrow Gurney turn-off, right through to the roundabout where it meets the South Bristol Link Road.

The closure will be in place from Monday until March 18 between 8pm-5am.

The work is due to be completed in time for the rush-hour on March 19.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, who is the executive member in charge of transport, said the closure times had been chosen so as to minimise disruption to motorists heading to and from Bristol.

He said: “Due to the nature of the works, and the high speeds on this section of road, we will need to close part of the A370 to allow our crews to work safely.

“The working hours on site will be overnight between 8pm-5am in order to minimise disruption on this busy route.

“Our traffic data shows levels reduce significantly after 8pm before increasing again after 6am.

“We’re using the road closure to carry out multiple other repair and maintenance works on the section of road that is closed, avoiding having to close the road again in the near future for additional separate works and maximising value for money for council taxpayers.”

Waterproofing the bridge deck of the bypass, cleaning the drainage system and carrying out maintenance on the street lights are among the tasks planned.

Crash barriers will also be repaired and clearer signs for the two-person lane will also be installed.

Litter and overgrown vegetation will also be cleared away.

Drivers heading towards North Somerset will be sent on a diversion route along the South Bristol Link Road and the A38, before being directed to the M5 at junction 21 or along Brockley Combe Road depending on the size of vehicle.

Motorists heading towards Bristol will be sent through Long Ashton instead.

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