Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge will close for 5 days this month to allow the ongoing road safety works on the approach roads to be completed.
The road works include road resurfacing and drainage works, and the installation of pedestrian safety measures. Pedestrian crossing points will be raised up to footway level, creating speed tables to reduce vehicle speeds.
The work is being undertaken at both ends of the bridge at the same time, and is being carried out by contractors employed by Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council.
The approach roads, and therefore the bridge itself, will be closed to vehicles from 09.30 to 16.30 each day from Monday 18 to Friday 22 August. A diversion route will be signed, using Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and Rownham Hill.
Says bridge master David Anderson: “These works are much needed and will provide a safer environment for the many pedestrians and cyclists who cross the bridge or come to admire it. The speed tables should help to encourage drivers to stick to the 20mph speed limit.
“The works are being undertaken during the school holiday period to reduce delays, and we hope that by re-opening the road overnight and during the morning and evening peak periods we will minimise inconvenience.
“During the bridge closures pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge. However cycling will be prohibited as maintenance work will be taking place on the bridge. Cyclists may dismount and walk across the bridge, however as only one narrow footway will be open they are requested to avoid using the bridge if possible.
“Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust would wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused while this essential work is carried out.”