BATH: Cleveland Bridge reopening
Image: Clive Dellard
A major route through Bath will remain closed to lorries – as well as transit vans and the biggest Land Rovers – when Cleveland Bridge reopens on Monday (October 25).
Traffic light controls and a two-metre width restriction are being put in place as part of the staged reopening following £3.8million repairs of the grade II*-listed structure.
Temporary supports have been installed under the bridge deck to enable crucial sections of the bridge to be repaired, meaning only carefully managed traffic can cross.
The two-metre limit will restrict access for drivers of many vans and Britain’s biggest cars, such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé and BMW X6, who will have to keep using the diversion through South Gloucestershire.
Fire engines could also fall foul of the restriction but Bath and North East Somerset Council said an exception will be made for emergency vehicles, which will be able to access the bridge via a gate specifically for their use.
Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport said: “We are keen to minimise disruption and to enable a staged reopening of the bridge, so temporary supports have been installed which will allow work to continue and some traffic to cross.
“During this phase it is critical that HGVs are kept off the bridge and so a physical width restriction of two metres will be introduced from Monday, October 25.”
A temporary 18-tonne weight limit was imposed on the bridge last February ahead of the repairs, which began in May under temporary traffic signals before it was closed to all vehicle traffic on 28 June.
It had been due to start reopening last month.
Cllr Rigby said the council would use any and all mechanisms at its disposal to protect the historic bridge.
Words: Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter
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