Cabstand and Wyndham Way roadworks to return to Portishead in August
PUBLISHED: 07:19 08 July 2017
Roadworks will return to one of Portishead’s busiest junctions next month after they over-ran by several weeks.
The Cabstand will be closed overnight for about a fortnight during the summer school holidays so contractor Skanska can complete changes to the road layout.
The work was started in the spring and the £60,000 project was meant to be completely finished by May 31.
However, Skanska’s failure to staff the project correctly meant it fell behind schedule. Nearby businesses said they felt there were many times when no work on the junction was being carried out.
The project was further delayed after an accident left a workman with a broken wrist and leg, forcing work to be stopped for a couple of days last month.
Ultimately, Skanska had to temporarily finish the roadworks before the carnival in mid-June.
But with some of the crossings not yet finished, overnight closures will be needed in August.
North Somerset Council, which is behind the project, is making the roundabout at Cabstand permanent, and believes changes to crossings in Wyndham Way will help pedestrians.
In an online poll, however, only 13 per cent of Times readers agreed the changes would help traffic flow.
A council spokesman said the authority was doing what it could to minimise disruption.
She said: “We are looking to finish the work during the school summer holidays in August. To minimise disruption to traffic, it will involve night-time working with some road closures.”
Discussions over exactly when the roadworks will resume however are ongoing.
The council spokesman said: “Work to be completed includes digging out and forming the domes to two mini-roundabouts, a traffic island at the bottom of Wyndham Way, a speed table at the pelican crossing in Wyndham Way, a central island and other footway works.
“While these footway works will be done during the day, the roadworks will be done at night, with noisier excavation work done before 11pm.
“We are currently talking to contractors to finalise the programme for the work.”
The £60,000 project was paid for through developers’ community S106 funding contributions.
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