Months of roadworks to begin in Portishead next week
PUBLISHED: 06:41 27 November 2019
Four months of roadworks will begin on one of North Somerset's biggest commuter roads next week.
A £1.68million scheme to widen one of the busiest roads connecting Portishead with Bristol and Portbury will start on Monday, with drivers warned to expect disruption until the spring.
An extra lane, stretching 500m, will be added to Wyndham Way, as North Somerset Council seeks to reduce queues backing up on to the Portbury Hundred and junction 19 of M5.
Overnight closures will be required at certain points during the 16-week highways project.
The council's head of transport and infrastructure Colin Medus said: "This significant investment into Portishead will make a real difference to journey times during the evening peak."
There have been calls for years to improve Portishead's road connections with Bristol and the M5, following extensive house-building and a lack of infrastructure to support it.
With the long-awaited Portishead rail link yet to materialise, council engineers hope its road scheme will reduce the problems which have heaped misery on motorists.
The extra lane will run inbound between the Sheepway and Sail roundabouts. No changes to the road heading out of town will be made.
Narrowed lanes will be installed during the roadworks and a 30mph speed limit introduced.
Street lights will also be switched off, and the two crossings will be closed and blocked to pedestrians. A temporary signal-controlled crossing will be installed near Quays Avenue.
The Wyndham Way project is part of a £3.48million scheme which is largely funded by Highway England's national congestion relief programme, with North Somerset Council contributing £300,000. Highways England will carry out changes at junction 19 to further reduce congestion.
Mr Mebus said: "We realise that while engineers are on site it can cause disruption.
"We ask for patience as we work with Highways England to get the two schemes completed and ask travellers, on roads and pavements, to take extra care moving through the area."
Portishead in Bloom will create a display once the work by Skanska is complete.
A Portishead Lions sign will also be installed.