A Weston cycle path is getting nearly £130,000 of investment following community feedback to North Somerset Council.
In order to minimise future disruption, work to install fibre optic ducting along the cycle path at Herluin Way will take place next week (wc Monday 9 November). This will mean the foot and cycle path will be closed for an additional week. It is expected to reopen on Friday 13 November. The diversion route for cyclists and walkers along Winterstoke Road, Drove Road, Locking Road and Hutton Moor Road will remain in place.
The path, which runs alongside Herluin Way between Searle Crescent and Hutton Moor, was highlighted by residents as a route in need of maintenance.
The shared cycle and footpath will now be resurfaced and a new concrete edge will be installed to improve its future lifespan.
The work will also see the removal of dying trees and tidying up of vegetation. A total of 19 trees will be replaced by a mix of 68 Oak, Lime, Hornbeam, Cherry and Hawthorns.
Alongside the scheme maintenance work will also be carried out for the section of dual carriageway between the Asda and Hutton Moor roundabouts. This £100,000 project will see road patching, streetlight and sign repairs, vegetation clearing, and drain emptying.
Cllr James Tonkin, executive member for transport, said:
We are doing these schemes together to minimise the disruption as much as possible for our residents.
The cycle path improvements are an excellent example of us being able to focus our maintenance on the areas our residents have told us need improving.
The replacement trees also have the advantage of having less intrusive root systems, meaning they are unlikely to interfere in the new surface as they grow.
The improvement schemes will start on Monday 5 October.
The foot and cycle path will be closed for five weeks during the work until Friday 7 November, with a diversion route for cyclists and walkers along Winterstoke Road, Drove Road, Locking Road and Hutton Moor Road.
Herluin Way will see off-peak lane closures in both directions from Monday 5 to Friday 16 October, with a full overnight road closures heading out of town from 8pm-6am during the second week (Monday 12 – Friday 16 October). A signed diversion route will be in place via Locking Road and drivers are urged to take extra care when travelling through areas with closed lanes.
The work will be carried out by the council’s contractor, Skanska.