Repair works to major commuter road worth £300k postponed
PUBLISHED: 17:13 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:13 14 June 2019
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Repairs to a busy commuter route in North Somerset which demand a three-figure sum have been postponed due to ‘poor weather conditions’.
North Somerset Council (NSC) made the announcement today (Friday) to hold off the works, which were due to take place this weekend.
A 6km stretch of the A38 will be resurfaced between the South Bristol Link Road, which links to the A370, and the junction with Downside Road.
The works will protect the road by up to 12 years and will improve the surface skid resistance, making the route safer.
An NSC spokesman said: "Due to the poor weather we've been experiencing and the forecast for more rain, the decision has been made to postpone the works.
"Depending on the prevailing weather conditions, the works are now planned to go ahead next weekend (June 22-23)."
The A38 surface dressing will be carried out between 5am and noon on both of those days.
Commuters travelling to Bristol towards the airport during the works will be diverted along South Bristol Link Road, A370 and Brockley Combe.
Outside of these hours, the A38 will be open with temporary reduced speed limits until line painting is finished at the site later on in the week.
Cllr James Tonkin, NSC's executive member for transport, said: "Surface dressing is an excellent way for us to maintain as many roads as possible with the budget available.
"As well as being cheaper, it is also faster than other options, meaning we can keep disruption on this very important route to a minimum.
"Treating roads in this way also prevents them declining and needing a much more expensive repair in the future.
"We are working closely with Bristol Airport to ensure their passengers and staff are aware of the need to allow extra travelling time."
Drivers are being urged to be patient during the repair work and people due to arrive at the airport are advised to allow extra journey time.
The work will be carried out by NSC's contractors, Skanska.
For live information about these works and other issues which may impact journey times, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks
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