Bridge partial re-opening ‘imminent’

Regular road users within the city will no doubt be interested in the following letter received by Peter Fellows, who lives in Bathwick.

I’ve received this letter at my home this afternoon, Monday 11th October 2021. it reads as follows…

Dear Sir or Madam We will be partially reopening Cleveland Bridge to cars and motorbikes under traffic light control imminently and wanted to give you the most notice possible about what this means to you. Please continue to look at our website for the latest information about the exact opening date. Temporary supports are in place which will enable crucial sections of the bridge to be repaired while carefully managed traffic is allowed to cross.

There will be a two-metre width restriction over the bridge and barriers will be in place set at this width which will prevent any wider vehicles from being able to cross. Vans, lorries, buses, coaches and minibuses will still have to follow the diversion route

We will also be making the section of St John’s Road one way between Bathwick Street and St John’s Church. This is to prevent overweight vehicles from using St John’s Road to access Cleveland Bridge. In this section of the road vehicles will only be able to travel from Bathwick Street towards St John’s Church. Traffic will not be able to get onto Bathwick Street from St John’s Road.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause but it’s necessary to do so in order to protect the bridge whilst the repairs continue. We are not yet able to confirm when the bridge can fully reopen to all traffic.

Although the repairs are progressing well, the timescales for the remaining work depends upon the condition of the rest of the bridge, some of which cannot be fully examined until the work has progressed onto those parts of the structure.

Please contact us if you have any questions.”

Yours faithfully,

Highways & Traffic Bath and North East Somerset Council