Bridge inspection causes gridlock in South Bristol

bridge inspection causes gridlock in south bristol - Bridge inspection causes gridlock in South Bristol

The closure of one lane of the main bridge crossing the river in Bristol has caused gridlock in large parts of south west Bristol this morning.

The roadworks are to enable a bridge inspection team to assess the structure of the Plimsoll Swing Bridge, and is limiting traffic flow northbound over the bridge on the A3029 Brunel Way road.

For the third time this week, it has caused major traffic delays throughout much of Ashton Gate, Bedminster and Long Ashton, as commuters try to pass through the lane closure.

From around 8am to 9am on Wednesday, there were traffic queues stretching from the bridge back past the Long Ashton Park and Ride on the A370, and all the way down Winterstoke Road past Ashton Gate Stadium to the Parson Street gyratory in Bedminster.

The queues also stretched onto the Colliters Way South Bristol Link Road, and for motorists heading towards the bridge along Coronation Road in Southville, all the way to Bedminster Asda.

Journeys of just a few minutes in normal circumstances were taking around half an hour.

The Plimsoll Swing Bridge was built in 1965 and is nearing the end of its working life, so needs constant inspection and maintenance. The future of the bridge and whether it should be replaced or removed with a new traffic system in that part of the city has prompted city council plans dating back to 2017 for a major regeneration project called Western Harbour, which could see thousands of new homes built in the area where the bridge currently is.

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