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Viaduct repairs to affect bypass

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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Plans to partially close the Long Ashton bypass for up to six months to carry out repairs to a viaduct have moved a step closer – after £2 million in Government funding was secured for the scheme.

North Somerset Council learned this week its bid to the Department of Transport for £1.957 million for essential maintenance to the 45-year-old Yanley Viaduct had been successful.

The overall cost of the scheme is expected to be around £3.4 million, with the authority earmarking the rest of the cash for the project.

The repairs look likely to start in the second half of next year and are needed because the expansion joints on the 300-metre long viaduct are deteriorating.

Two of the three lanes of the bypass – a major commuter route into Bristol from North Somerset – will have to close for six months to allow the work to be carried out.

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