Wyndham Way to close for four days for roadworks
By thepickler | Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 16:49
A SECTION of a main route in and out of Portishead is to be closed next month for four days to allow it to be resurfaced.
North Somerset Council is planning to close Wyndham Way between August 13-16 between the Portbury Hundred and Quays Avenue for work to be carried out to resurface the road and lay new road markings.
Diversions will be put in place, with traffic being directed from the Portbury Hundred roundabout along Bristol Road and right onto the High Street.
Work will be carried out between 9am and 3pm to avoid the rush hour traffic.
News that the section of road is being closed has prompted concerns from ward councillors who say they fear the diversions will force large amounts of traffic along the already Bristol Road and High Street.
And they fear that some drivers will venture on to estate roads in The Vale to avoid congestion on the diversion routes.
Councillor Arthur Terry, who represents the east ward in the town covering the new developments, is to ask highways chiefs to erect signs around The Vale warning motorists the routes are not suitable for large vehicles or heavy volumes of traffic.
Mr Terry said: "I do not want to miss the opportunity for having this stretch of road resurfaced as it is in a poor condition and desperately needs attention.
"This stretch of Wyndham Way is a very busy and well used route and it is essential that this work is done.
"However I am concerned that Bristol Road and the High Street are already busy routes and this will just increase the amount of traffic using them.
"I am also worried that some people - including heavy goods vehicles trying to get to industrial estates in the town - will look to use the estate roads on The Vale as a way of getting to their destination.
"These roads, which already have traffic calming measures installed, were designed only for estate traffic and not for a large volume of vehicles.
"I will be speaking to the highways department to ask about the possibility of erecting signs at the entrances to these roads warning drivers of this fact."
Thousands of motorists each day use Wyndham Way to get on the Portbury Hundreds and out of Portishead.
Large queues often used to build along the route, but these have been lessened since the completion of the new traffic signals on the junction 19 roundabout.
North Somerset Council spokeswoman, Zoe Briffitt, said: "We appreciate that this is a significant route in Portishead and we would ask people to use the suggested diversions in order to minimise congestion and we would ask drivers and road users to be patient while the scheme is completed."