Portbury Hundred to close for roadworks next

The road closure will be in place next week.

The road closure will be in place next week. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Motorists and bus passengers will have to make alternative arrangements with one of Portishead’s busiest roads being shut for roadworks next week.

The Portbury Hundred will shut for five nights, starting tomorrow (Monday) with North Somerset Council spending £90,000 on improvements.

North Somerset Council said drainage improvements, carriageway patching, refreshed road markings and vegetation and litter clearing are all planned.

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.

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First Bus says the X3, X3A, X4, X5 will not stop at Sheepway or the Portbury Hundred during the hours of 8pm-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’.

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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.

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