Bristol commuter route could be closed until Christmas

A busy commuter road in Bristol could remain closed until Christmas.

Bridge Valley Road - which links the zoo to the Portway - was shut for repairs to an unsafe retaining wall for an anticipated four months in March.

But more problems were discovered with the 10 metre (30ft) high wall which will now cost at least £500,000 to fix.

A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said a report on possible solutions would go before cabinet to make a decision on the works no later than September.

Remedial work

The road was initially closed for the height of the wall to be reduced to remove the danger to the public.

But the works were complicated by the wall's position on an old fault line within the rock face and over a disused railway tunnel beneath the road.

The council spokeswoman said: "A report goes to cabinet no later than September - earlier if possible - on solutions for Bridge Valley Road, because the complex remedial work is expected to cost a significant sum.

"This makes it a 'key decision' which can only be made by the council's ruling executive body. Once the council is satisfied with the approach, the work would not be expected to take more than four months to complete."

The term "key decision" means the cost will be more than £500,000.

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