Bridge Valley Road to close for vital excavation works: Roadwork-Sign

11 Mar 2020


Bridge Valley Road to close for vital excavation works

Bridge Valley Road will be closed on four weekends between 14 March and 3 May so that fallen boulders can be cleared from beneath the cliff-face.

The entire length of Bridge Valley Road will be closed to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists between 7.30am on the Saturday and 6.30pm on the Sunday on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March
  • Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March.

Works are being kept to the weekends to avoid disruption during rush hour traffic on weekdays. For dates marked ‘if required’, please see Travelwest’s Twitter account closer to the date.

On these days, the bus lane on the Portway will end slightly early, at the point where it meets the slip road of Bridge Valley. Traffic on the Portway is expected to flow more freely as a result, as motorists will not be able to turn onto Bridge Valley Road while the works are in progress.

The pedestrian pathway down from Clifton to the Bridge Valley Road junction will also be closed for the duration.

The closures will allow council teams to use heavy machinery to excavate large boulders and rock debris from behind a rock-catcher bund at the base of the cliff. This bund was installed to prevent rock from falling onto the road, but needs clearing out periodically to ensure the continuing safety of motorists and passer-by.

In October 2019, Bridge Valley Road was urgently closed after a large boulder fell partway down the cliff face over the junction. The area was surveyed to determine what further steps were needed and council teams took the decision to retrieve the rocks at a later date to reduce disruption to traffic.

Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “The safety of the public is our absolute priority. By taking the time to clear the rock-catcher bund now, we can reduce the risk of rock debris falling into the road, and reduce future disruptions and closures.”

“We know road closures can be frustrating, so we’ll be doing everything we can to get Bridge Valley Road up and running again as quickly and safely as we can.”

Please visit Travelwest’s Twitter account for updates.