By Liz Webster
Bridge Valley Road closed in March last year for the repair work needed to prevent it slipping down the Avon Gorge.
But the work proved far more complex than originally thought, with costs sky rocketing from £500,000 to £2.7 million.
There were also delays caused by complications accessing the site and even nesting robins within the walls.
There were fears that it could be Christmas before the road could be used again but after a major milestone was surpassed on July 12, Bristol City Council has confirmed that the programme of work is on schedule.
Earlier this month the filling in of a collapsed part of the disused railway tunnel was completed and the road is now also closed to pedestrians during the day as final work takes place.
There has been an increased level of activity visible on site, as workers have begun to start putting nails in over all the affected area. Catherine Frankpitt, spokeswoman for the council, said: “The ‘nailing’ of the slopes above the road is now in full swing with up to five nails a day being installed using two cable suspended drilling rigs.
“The historic movement in the hillside has caused voids to open up under the ground. These continue to be filled as work proceeds with hundreds of cubic metres of cement grout already having been pumped into the failing hillside to help stability.”
Jocelyn Leonard, 30, who lives in Clifton, uses the route to get to work as well as for cycling and running on weekends.
She said: “It will be nice to have the road open again as it has been closed for so long.
“I think a lot of residents in Clifton must have gotten fed up of increased traffic as people had to find alternative routes onto the Portway.
“It’ll save me a bit of time in the mornings which is always good.”
The nailing of the main retaining wall has been taking place since May with over eighty nails installed to date using two machine-mounted drilling rigs.
Ms Frankpitt said: “The reinforcement and repointing of the main wall is now 90 per cent complete leaving a little to be done when all the scaffolding, which still supports some areas of the wall, is removed.
“The footway will remain closed during the working day until the nailing is completed.
“This is essential as space is limited for the manoeuvring of machine-mounted drilling rigs into position and there is a great deal of noise and dust produced by the drilling operations.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
“Barring unforeseen problems, Bridge Valley Road should be re-opened by the end of September.”