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Clifton Suspension Bridge (Bristol) closed to traffic on the first two weekends in August

Several bridge closures are planned in August as essential repair work continues on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

The bridge will be closed to traffic and cyclists from 7pm Friday 2 August until 7am Monday 5 August as contractor Taziker begins the complex installation of paint booths on the historic bridge chains. A diversion route will be signposted throughout the weekend via Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and A369 Rownham Hill.

Further closures will take place during Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta Night Glowing on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August, when the bridge will be closed to all pedestrians, cyclists and all traffic from 6pm until midnight.

Bridge Master Trish Johnson said: “As part of this project to preserve the bridge for many years to come, we will need to schedule occasional road closures to carry out the work safely. During these closures we will be excavating the road to lay cables, erecting scaffolding, power cleaning the historic ironwork and stripping the chains from the roadway. We will also use the closure for general maintenance.

I urge people to plan ahead, particularly if they are attending the evening events of the Fiesta on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August, as the bridge will be closed to both pedestrians and road users on these days.”

The evening closure during the festival was first introduced twenty years ago after concerns that the 150-year-old landmark might be subjected to unacceptable structural stress due to enormous foot traffic.

“A crowd of pedestrians on the bridge carriageway places a far greater burden than normal vehicle traffic and this could result in damage to the bridge and injury to users,” Ms Johnson explained. “We have agreed with the event organisers that to ensure the safety of the public and the bridge, the bridge should be closed on Friday and Saturday evenings.”

“The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust would like to apologise for any inconvenience these closures are causing. We hope that by keeping the road open during weekdays we can minimise the disruption caused.”

Traffic following the officially signed diversion routes from the bridge during these times will be exempt from Bristol City Council’s Clean Air Zone. For more information visit www.bristol.gov.uk/caz.