The contractor undertaking important restoration works to the Leigh Woods tower of the Clifton Suspension Bridge is making good progress, and is on programme to finish in September. The masonry is being cleaned and repointed, and repairs carried out to the tower roof structure, drainage and waterproofing systems and access ladders.
To enable the works to be carried out in areas where scaffolding is not possible, the bridge will be closed to traffic and cyclists for 5 days, from 9.30am to 4.00pm each day. This will take place from Monday 4 to Friday 8 July. A diversion route will be signed, using Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and A369 Rownham Hill.
The Bridge Master, David Anderson, said “Whilst most of the stone work is done from the scaffolding, that is not possible in the roadway below the tower. Here the contractor has to work in the road using mobile access equipment, which can be removed in time for the rush hour each afternoon.
“During these bridge closures pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge, however cycling will be prohibited. Cyclists may dismount and walk across the bridge, however as only one narrow footway will be open cyclists are requested to avoid using the bridge if possible.
“Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust wishes to apologise for the inconvenience which these closures will cause people. We hope that by re-opening the road overnight and during the morning and evening peak periods we will minimise the difficulties caused.”