A-road near Portishead to close for five nights of roadworks
PUBLISHED: 12:28 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 22 May 2018
Tens of thousands of pounds will be spent on improvements to one of North Somerset’s busiest roads next week.
Roadworks will be carried out on The Portbury Hundred at the start of June in an attempt to tidy up the area and improve the road surface.
However, the busy A369 will need to be closed at certain times over five days to make the scheme possible.
The roadworks will begin on June 4 and will see contractors work from the Sheepway roundabout in Portishead, all away along the road until it meets the M5 at junction 19.
North Somerset Council said drainage improvements, carriageway patching, refreshed road markings and vegetation and litter clearing are all planned.
The scheme will cost approximately £90,000.
The council, however, says the initiative’s success is dependent on closing the road for five consecutive nights during the first full week in June.
Each day, the road will need to close at 8pm but will reopen ahead of the following morning’s rush-hour, with the A369 open to motorists from 5am.
The council’s deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said this is a ‘great example of using a night-time closure to maximise the range of works undertaken in a short period of time’.
Cllr Ap Rees said: “Traffic data shows that vehicle movements reduce significantly on The Portbury Hundred after 8pm before increasing again from 6am.
“We are taking the opportunity to carry out a broad range of works within this time frame to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for road users.
“Once completed, the surfacing and drainage elements of the works will reduce the amount of water collecting and pooling on the road surface helping to improve road safety.”
A diversion route will be set up, with motorists required to head towards Abbots Leigh, before using Beggar Bush Lane and the B3130 to go through Tickenham and Clevedon and heading through for the Gordano Valley.
North Somerset Council is also keen on widening Wyndham Way heading into Portishead to reduce traffic jams and is asking people to share their views on the scheme.
The deadline for submissions is June 10.
To comment on the plan, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wyndhamway