Roadworkers abused causing warnings to be issued by council
North Somerset Council has issued a warning after two roadworkers were abused by a motorist on the main road into Portishead.
The workers were on the A369 Portbury Hundred when a motorist abused then threatened them.
The incident was reported to police.
On Tuesday (June 5), the council said: “Verbal threats and abuse towards our roadworkers will not be tolerated.
“Please respect our workers on the roads,” it tweeted via its North Somerset Roads and Travel account @NStravel_roads.
The overnight roadworks on the A369 are to continue for another four nights, with the road closed from 8pm to 5am.
The £90,000 refurbishment of the Portbury Hundred works will include drainage improvements, carriageway patching, new road markings, weeding and litter clearing.
The improvement works between junction 19 of the M5 and the Sheepway roundabout, began on Monday, June 4 and are due to end early Saturday morning.
The council hopes the nighttime closures will minimise disruption.
The diversion route will be via the B3124 (Clevedon Road/Walton Road), B3130 (Tickenham Road/Clevedon Road), B3128 (Tickenham Hill/Clevedon Road), B3129 (Beggar Bush Lane), A369 Abbots (Leigh Road, Pill Road, Haberfield Hill, Martcombe Road).
Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for highways said this was a great example of using a night closure to maximise the range of works undertaken in a short period of time.
“Traffic data shows that vehicle movements reduce significantly on The Portbury Hundred after 8pm before increasing again from 6am. We are taking the opportunity to carry out a broad range of works within this time frame to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for road users.
“Once completed, the surfacing and drainage elements of the works will reduce the amount of water collecting and pooling on the road surface helping to improve road safety.”