Highway improvement works are due to start next week near Bristol Airport. The £1.1m works are being funded by the airport as part of a planning agreement with North Somerset Council.
They include the installation of traffic lights at the Downside Road junction with the A38, with a banned right turn into Downside Road. A dedicated left turn will be introduced into Downside Road on the north approach from the A38. The existing footbridge over the A38 will be removed as the traffic lights will include a pedestrian phase.
The works will also include improvements to the A38/airport entrance roundabout. The roundabout will be increased in size and all approaches and exits will be widened. Resurfacing of a section of the highway verge in Winters Lane will also take place to create a layby at an area already used by plane enthusiasts.
The works start on Monday 23 February and will take about three months to complete. To minimise disruption, they will be carried out mainly at night between 8pm and 4am, Monday to Friday. Temporary traffic lights will be required during the night works, but these will be taken down between 4am and 8pm. For safety reasons the removal of the footbridge will require two night time closures of the A38 on Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 March. Diversions will be in place on these two nights.
Passengers using the airport are advised to allow extra travel time during the improvement works, especially if arriving for an early morning check-in. On the two nights of the footbridge removal works, an alternative route will be available and diversion signs will be in place. Passengers and staff will be able to access the airport terminal and car parks at all times.