Roadworks postponed to 2019 due to heatwave

PUBLISHED: 11:12 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 12 July 2018

The road improvements will take place across North Somerset.

The road improvements will take place across North Somerset.

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Roadworks planned for this weekend have been postponed for a second consecutive week due to hot weather - and now they will not happen for about nine months.

Resurfacing work near Bristol Airport was due to take place last weekend but was called off 48 hours before the scheme was due to start amid fears the road surface would not set properly.

It was hoped the work could be carried out on Saturday and Sunday but again the warm weather has scuppered North Somerset Council’s plan.

Instead, the A38 work between the South Bristol Link Road and the junction with Downside Road will take place in spring or summer 2019.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s executive member for highways, said: “We have been closely monitoring the weather but with high temperatures expected again this weekend, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to postpone the A38 resurfacing works until 2019.

“We don’t want to close the A38 during the school summer holidays when we know a much higher volume of traffic will be using the road and as surface dressing is a seasonal activity which needs to take place in the spring and summer, these works will now have to be moved back to next year.”

The council said carrying out works to road surfaces is avoided where possible when it is hot as it presents a much higher risk of damage to vehicles, the carriageway and the surrounding environment.

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