Bristol Road upgrade: phase two underway before Xmas
The final phase of improvements on Bristol Road will mean safer cycling and walking into Gloucester.
Work on Bristol Road will take place overnight from 6th – 15th November and will see a full programme of resurfacing, as well as new cycle lane markings.
Phase one took place over summer and included new crossing facilities, traffic islands and adjustments to the layout of the road to make it safer and encourage more people to cycle.
The second phase will make cyclists more visible to traffic and improve driving conditions with a brand new road surface. The scheme is part of the county council’s £150million investment in Gloucestershire’s highways.
Bristol Road is an important route into Gloucester, welcoming thousands of residents, shoppers and commuters into a popular area of the city. It is hoped that more people will leave their cars at home when visiting the docks area once the work is complete.
The county council and contractor Amey will be working night shifts to minimise disruption for businesses and residents, whilst keeping the road open over the weekend. The road will be closed between 7pm - 7am from 6th to the 15th of November, from Monday to Friday (excluding Saturday and Sunday night).
One-way side roads that are usually accessed via Bristol Road will become two-way during the work to maintain access. Residents of streets with no alternative route are being contacted so that arrangements can be made.
The diversion route for heavy vehicles is the Hempsted Bypass but other routes will be available for most traffic.
More information can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bristol-road.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “The second and final phase of work along this important route into Gloucester will improve the city for everyone, whether they choose to walk, run, cycle or drive.
“We know that investment and improvement on highways is a priority for the people of Gloucestershire, so we’re working hard to complete as many schemes as possible before the Christmas season.”
Cllr Pam Tracey, county councillor for Hempsted and Westgate said: “As well as making the road better for drivers, this scheme is making cycling and walking a safer and more enjoyable option. I’m delighted that the final phase of work will soon be completed and look forward to this area becoming more accessible for all.”