Cycle lane roadworks on A432 to start with overnight road closures
DRIVERS are being warned of road closures and narrow lanes when work gets underway to build a new cycle lane to Coalpit Heath and Frampton Cotterell to Yate.
Work on the A432 Badminton Road is set to begin on January 3, with overnight road closures from 8pm to 6am until January 9 between Coalpit Heath and Nibley Lane, on the outskirts of Yate.
The closures will herald the start of five months of work to build the cycle lane, with the road being narrowed at first and temporary traffic lights put in place later on.
Announcing the works, South Gloucestershire Council's StreetCare department said: "The road needs to be closed while our teams will remove all the existing road markings and install narrower lanes so we can construct a new, safe cycle lane.
"The narrow lanes mean we will not need to use temporary traffic signals during the first phase of the works (although they will be required later on).
"The total length of the works will be five months.
"The A432 Badminton Road is a key link between the A4174 Avon Ring Road and Yate that has been identified for improvement.
"The existing on-carriageway cycle facilities are well below the standards set out in the Government’s Local Transport Note and it's important to keep all road users safe."
The council said signed diversions will be in place during the closures in early January and apologised for any inconvenience.
The cycle lane will eventually link Yate to the Avon Ring Road in each direction.
Building it will involve creating some new lanes and widening some stretches of existing cycle lane at the expense of motor traffic.
The Coalpit Heath to Nibley Lane section will have a new cycle lane raised up to create a separate protected track, 2m wide.
The current 40mph limit on the stretch of road will be reduced to 30mph under the plan.
The council’s ambition is that the upgrade will not only offer improvements for cyclists already using the route but will encourage people who work or visit Yate to consider cycling as an alternative to driving.
Announcing the scheme in March, council cabinet member for regeneration, environment and strategic infrastructure Steve Reade said: “We want to do all we can to encourage sustainable transport options, for both commuting and leisure, so that we can continue to improve our environment, air quality and people’s health and well-being."
The next stages to be built will be between Coalpit Heath and the ring road to the south west and from Nibley Lane to Stover Road to the north east.
The final stretch to be completed will be along Badminton Road through Coalpit Heath, where there is currently no marked cycle lane.