Bath Bridge (Bristol)
|Bath Bridge (Bristol)|
|Location Map ( geo)|
|signal controlled junction|
|Junctions related to the A370|
Like Bedminster Bridge to the east, Bath Bridge is in fact two bridges crossing the new cut of the River Avon, to form a roundabout. The A370 is joining from the west, while the A4 runs North-south, but as the A370 runs along the north and south banks of the Avon to Bedminster Bridge, both routes cross the River!
The eastern bridge is the original route of the A4, and now carries 4 lanes of southbound traffic, while the newer bridge is only 3 lanes wide for citybound traffic.
There has been a bridge on this site for many years, perhaps even centuries, and the eastern bridge is still the Victorian structure, while the western one was built in 1954 (according to a helpful plaque on the bridge). The 1953 OS Map only shows a single structure, while the 1963 AA Book of the Road shows both. The Bedminster Bridge is still shown as a single structure in the later map - a plaque on the newer of those bridges reads 1963 (or MCMLXIII to be precise).
|Bath, Brislington, Shepton Mallet Totterdown, Knowle, (A37) Yeovil Wells (A39)|
|(M5 South), Weston, Taunton , Bristol Airport, Bedminster (A38)|