Multiple repair works worth £180k to close major A370 commuter road

PUBLISHED: 16:54 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:54 21 June 2019

The Long Ashton bypass will close for vital repairs next month.Picture: Google Street View

The Long Ashton bypass will close for vital repairs next month.Picture: Google Street View

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A busy commuter road will close for five nights due to essential repair works costing nearly £180,000 next month.

Maintenance repairs to three bridges and several manhole covers, including installing LED streetlights, will take place along the A370 Long Ashton bypass for motorists' safety.

The road repairs will run from the B3130 Flax Bourton Cambridge Batch junction to Colliters Way, and North Somerset Council (NSC) has hired contractors Skanska, Glendale and Centregreat Engineering to complete the job.

Work will also be taken to cut back verges, empty and clear drains, as well as replacing any damaged iron works, such as manhole covers along the A370.

Trees along the stretch of road will also be checked and any which are unsafe will be removed.

NSC's executive member with responsibility for highways, James Tonkin, said: "Maintenance schemes are vital in the work we do to keep our road network safe.

"With a variety of work needed along the A370, we are using the night closure to get everything done as fast as possible, while minimising disruption for those who use this important route.

"This means we will avoid the prolonged roadworks which would be caused by individual schemes being done one at a time, and doing the work in the summer allows us to make the most of the longer daylight hours.

"We also want to make sure vegetation removal is done now, and drains are clear and ready for autumn."

The repairs to Long Ashton bypass will be carried out from July 8-12 from 7pm-5am each day.

This comes after the NSC's decision to postpone repairs to the South Bristol Link Road were made last week due to bad weather conditions, which will cost the council around £300,000.

However, the works along the 6km stretch of road are due to take place this weekend instead.

The planned repairs will protect the road for up to 12 years from damage and will improve its skid resistance, making the route safer.

The A38 surface dressing will take place between 5am and noon on both of those days.

Road diversion routes will be signposted, which can also be found online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks

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