Bath & North Somerset Council has permitted the closure of Midford Road so that Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, can carry out essential repair work to the viaduct bridge.
The archway of the bridge has been damaged by vehicles and needs repairing, and whilst Sustrans’ contractors are carrying out this repair work, the Council is putting in new signage about reducing the height limit on the bridge.
Alistair Millington, Area Manager for Sustrans commented: “The Midford Road viaduct is a critical part of the popular Sustrans Two Tunnels walking and cycling route into Bath.
“However this structure is over 100 years old, and due to damage from vehicles needs repairs in order to keep the route open and safe for walkers, cyclists and passing traffic below.”
“In order to complete this essential repair work swiftly with as little inconvenience to the public as possible the B3110 below the viaduct will need to be temporarily closed.
“This short closure will enable the viaduct to be secure and safe for the public’s benefit well into the future.”
It is anticipated that the works, which started on Tuesday 2nd September, will take around 12 days to complete, with the closure from the Hope and Anchor Pub.
Passengers getting on at Bath Bus Station can still use the 267 service, but there will be a diversion via the A36 Warminster Road.
A shuttle bus service, provided by Bath and North East Somerset Council, is going between Midford and Bath in both directions.
The Midford Road was closed in January 2014 following a landslide, and was reopened in September 2014.