Work to convert the Wraxall Road roundabout at Warmley into South Gloucestershire’s first throughabout – a roundabout with lanes of traffic through the middle – is set to move into the next phase this month.
The £6.9m project has been funded by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. The improvements aim to reduce traffic congestion and increase capacity at the busy junction on the A4174 Avon Ring Road.
Work so far has included the construction of the new carriageway through the existing roundabout, the removal of the existing central reservations and the construction of the new road layout on some of the approaches to the roundabout.
South Gloucestershire Council says construction for the next phase is due to start the week of Monday 18th January and will focus on the side approach roads of Wraxall Road and Tower Lane.
Work will involve the removal of vegetation and the existing kerbs, the installation of new surface water drainage systems, the widening of the road and the installation of traffic signal infrastructure. Landscaping plans are also being developed for when construction work is complete.
The 42 bus service will be diverted as a result of the closures. From Cock Road it will go via Grimsbury Road, the A420, Tower Road North, Tower Lane and Craven Way, where it will resume its usual route to Cadbury Heath and Cherry Gardens.
To enable this next phase of work it will be necessary to close both Tower Lane and Wraxall Road to all traffic in both directions at the roundabout. These closures will be in place from Monday 18 January for approximately eight weeks. This will mean that traffic will not be able to access or exit the Wraxall Road roundabout from either road. The roundabout will become a straight through road only.
From Monday 15th March Tower Lane northbound only (towards the roundabout) will need to remain closed for approximately eight weeks to enable further work along this stretch of road. It is hoped this work will be completed by the beginning of May.
The road closures will need to remain in place 24 hours a day for safety reasons. Signed diversion routes will be in operation via Grimsbury Road to the north and Tower Road North to the south.
The council has apologised in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused and says its teams are working hard to minimise any disruption.
Construction is due to complete in autumn 2021. The project will also provide some £20,000 of investment in cycleway and footway improvements.