The new central reservation barrier on the Eastville Viaduct on the M32 has now been installed.
Whilst the main work to install the barrier has been done, there are still some final tasks that need to be completed. We will still require some night time closures to carry out the reinstallation of COMMS cabinets (these control information signs and the emergency telephones), the installation of the new lining layout and works to the bridge deck. During this time there will be overnight closures of the M32 at various points.
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Why we need this scheme
The old central reservation barrier on elevated section of the M32 was installed when the Eastville Viaduct was built in the 1970s. Inspections have shown that this has now reached the end of its serviceable life and needs to be completely replaced.
The scheme in detail
We need to replace the old, life-expired, central reservation barrier on the elevated section of the M32.
Due to the nature of the location, the work is logistically challenging. All the work will be completed overnight so the road can remain open during the daytime.
When we are working we will need to completely close sections of the carriageway to provide a safe working space for our contractors and machinery.
We will be working in phases to minimise the disruption to road users.Enabling works
This first part of the scheme will require a number of Overnight closures affecting the north and southbound carriageways – some between junctions 1 (Hambrook) and 3 (Bristol City Centre) and others between junctions 2 (Fishponds) and 3 (Bristol City Centre).Phase 1
We will be working between junction 1 (Hambrook) and junction 2 (Fishponds), with the southbound carriageway closed to all us space to work. The whole section (from Junction 1) needs to be closed because the elevated section of the M32 begins just before the southbound junction 2 exit slip road. A fully signed diversion will be in place when the road is closed. Occasional overnight northbound closures will also be required.Phase 2
We will be working between junction 2 (Fishponds) and junction 3 (Bristol City Centre). A fully signed diversion will be in place when the road is closed. Occasional full overnight closures of both the north and southbound carriageways between junctions 1 (Hambrook) and 3 (Bristol City Centre) will be required too.
The nature of the work means that it will be noisy. Care will be taken not to disturb local residents too much, with the nosiest parts of the jobs done during the first part of the night (to be finished by midnight at the latest).
the aims of this scheme are to:
- replace the old central reservation barrier
- ensure the ongoing safety of road users
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