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What we are doing and when

We are carrying out major maintenance work to the southern Bromley Heath Viaduct on the A4174 ring road, between the Bromley Heath roundabout and the Hambrook traffic lights.

The southern viaduct was constructed in February 1966 as a single carriageway road over the River Frome and in 1988 was changed to a dual carriageway. Today, the viaduct carries approximately 55,000 vehicles and 500 cyclists a day.

Essential Maintenance

The viaduct requires essential maintenance work including:

  • pier strengthening
  • bearing replacement
  • drainage improvements
  • water proofing
  • parapet and safety fence replacement
  • concrete repairs
  • abnormal load carrying capacity improvements

If we do not strengthen the bridge, it will have to be closed to all traffic.

Watch our short video that explains the work required on the Bromley Heath Viaduct.

Work programme

The project is divided up into six phases:

Phase 1

Temporary scaffold below the viaduct

Phase 2

East and west abutment bearing replacement

Phase 3

Pier strengthening with concrete hinges

Phase 4

Removal of the existing south cantilever followed by cantilever construction

Phase 5

Demolition to the existing north cantilever followed by cantilever construction

Phase 6

Waterproofing, resurfacing, draining and expansion joints

We have already undertaken some preparatory work. This includes assessing wildlife habitats and clearing vegetation as well as the construction of the site compound and a Bailey bridge for access underneath the viaduct.

Start date

Traffic management is due to begin over the weekend of 22/23 July. To prepare for the contraflow, a section of the ring road from the Wick Wick roundabout (at the junction with the A432 Badminton Road) to Hambrook lights will be fully closed from 8pm on Saturday 22 July to put the traffic management in place and prepare the contraflow which will be in use from next Monday. These closures are to allow for the traffic management to be put in place. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

The ring road will reopen at 6am on Monday 24 July with the contraflow in place over the viaduct.

Work for the Bromley Heath Viaduct was confirmed by councillors to begin in July 2017 for a maximum duration of 52 weeks, this has now been be reduced to 33 weeks after funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership Economic Development Fund (EDF) was agreed by the West of England Joint Committee.

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