Traffic lights at Tormarton go as Ring Road contraflow is removed
After almost a year of delays, diversions and disruption, the Avon Ring Road is set to fully reopen at Bromley Heath.
The contraflow system introduced on the A4174 while work to repair the Bromley Heath Viaduct was carried out was set to be removed during the last weekend of April.
But some of the roads which have been shut during the roadworks could now stay closed - a move which has brought angry protests from motorists.
The ring road was due to close in both directions between the Wick Wick roundabout and the Hambrook traffic lights for the contraflow to be removed, with diversions signposted and published online.
The road was due to close at 8pm on Friday, April 27, reopening at 6am on Monday April 30, when the repaired viaduct will reopen to traffic for the first time since July last year.
Once the westbound viaduct is reopened the 2+ lane and bus lane on the A4174 were due to be reinstated and the traffic lights at Hambrook returned to their settings from before the work began.
South Gloucestershire Council says the ring road closure is needed on order to remove the contraflow system safely.
Council cabinet member for transport Colin Hunt said: “We’re pleased that this major engineering project is coming to an end and that the viaduct has been made fit for the future and now features a greatly improved shared footpath for cyclists and pedestrians.”
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank residents and businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout this essential maintenance and improvement work.”
Temporary traffic lights at the junction of the A46 and B4465 at Tormarton, near junction 18 of the M4, have been removed despite calls from some residents for them to be made permanent.
In a message on its dedicated Bromley Heath viaduct works Facebook page, the council said: “The temporary lights at Tormarton were only intended to help ease the pressure of traffic during the viaduct works and the equipment used is not suitable to be made a permanent fixture. We are aware that these lights have been welcomed locally and the council is looking at a permanent solution.”