ROADWORKS in place whilst a major engineering project is carried out on a South Gloucestershire viaduct are set to continue, due to ‘unforeseen difficulties’.

Bromley Heath Viaduct is currently undergoing repairs and strengthening works, and a shared use cycle and pedestrian path is also being created.

The works at the structure on the A4174 ring road are nearing completion and a temporary contraflow system, in place since July 2017, was due to be lifted by the end of March.

But now South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced that the contraflow system at the site will remain in place for a month longer than expected.

A council spokesman said: “We’re now at the stage where the nature of the work which is left to do must all be carried out consecutively and many of the tasks, such as concreting one of the parapets and plinths, waterproofing and resurfacing the new deck are all weather dependent.

“We are continuing to work seven days a week to complete the remaining work as quickly as possible so that the contraflow can be removed by the end of April.”

Cllr Colin Hunt, SGC’s cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “First of all, I want to apologise up front for any inconvenience caused to local residents and road users, but we do need to extend the duration of the contraflow while the remaining jobs are completed on site.

"With a project of this scale we have run into some unforeseen difficulties along the way, such as it taking longer to construct the vast scaffolding structure which is required for people to work safely under the viaduct.”

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