Weather takes its toll

Work to repair the historic Cleveland Bridge Toll House has been rescheduled due to cold weather affecting specialist building materials.

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The two-weeks of repair works were due to start on March 5, however, contractors say the mortar will not set properly in temperatures below five degrees centigrade.

Road users are being advised the works will now start on March 19 for two weeks with manually-controlled two-way traffic signals during the day in order to be as reactive to traffic conditions as possible and minimise delays.

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Essential roadworks and improvements are taking place during the next few months in Bath’s A4 London Road and A36 Cleveland Place.

Work started on February 19 and motorists are encouraged to plan for longer journey times than usual or use alternative routes.

London Road/Cleveland Place junction will be resurfaced together with the rebuilding of the Cleveland Bridge toll house, which was damaged in an accident last year.

Gas works are also being carried out at this time to avoid further disruption again later in the year.

Councillor Mark Shelford (Conservative, Lyncombe) cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “These are essential works and unfortunately there will be delays for motorists but we ask you to be patient with us while the work is carried out. Extended working hours will be in operation in order that the works can be completed as quickly as possible and to minimise disruption.”

The work programme is as follows:

  • 19thFebruary for up to 12 days: Wales & West gas works in London Road near its junction with Thomas Street. The work will result in a lane closure.  The lane restrictions will need to be in place 24 hours because of an open excavation.
  • 19hMarch for up to two weeks: repairs to the Cleveland Bridge toll house require 24 hour temporary two-way traffic signals on the bridge because the scaffolding for the works will encroach into the road. The traffic signals will be manually controlled during the day in order to be as reactive to traffic conditions as possible.
  • 19thMarch for up to four weeks: extension of the existing loading bay in Walcot Terrace, London Road. Works to be undertaken outside of peak hours under lane closures. This work is subject to confirmation pending the outcome of consultation on the loading bay changes
  • 26thMarch to 4th April: resurfacing of London Road/Cleveland Place junction and Cleveland Bridge. Most of the works will be undertaken during the night from 8pm to 6amand there should be minimal disruption during the day.
  • 19thApril for up to two weeks: amendments to existing cycle build-out in London Road near Walcot Buildings and installation of cycle lane segregation units along the existing cycle lane. Works are likely to require closure of the cycle lane and there should be minimal disruption to other traffic.

The council’s Variable Message Signs located across various routes into Bath will display the latest information to drivers.