Drivers braced for eight weeks of delays on A338 as bridge is refurbished

Drivers braced for eight weeks of delays on A338 as bridge is refurbished

Drivers are bracing themselves for eight weeks of delays as refurbishment is carried out on a bridge over the A338 Wessex way.

The works, which began on Monday, include repainting the bridge, steelwork repairs, removing and reapplying an anti-slip surface, and fixing a cycle ramp on the pedestrian bridge which runs over the dual carriageway between the Cooper Dean roundabout and the Blackwater Bridge junction.

The main work over the carriageway is due to start on Sunday April 28 and will last two to three weeks.

A traffic management system will be in place during this phase of the works, which will take place out of peak traffic hours. The speed limit will be reduced to 30mph and wide vehicles will be diverted off the A338 at Blackwater Junction and the Cooper Dean roundabout.

Work has started on the southern ramp and will move across towards the northern end. There will be a period when the bridge is closed to pedestrians while the new anti-slip surface is applied.

Ian Kalra, transportation services manager, said: “The bridge refurbishment is part of the Council’s ongoing maintenance programme.

"Regrettably, while the work over the carriageway is carried out traffic management will need to be in place. Due to the high volume of traffic using this road, we have planned this phase of the works to take place out of peak traffic hours so that disruption to the travelling public is kept to a minimum.”The traffic management system will be in place from April 28 between 9.30am until 4pm on weekdays to avoid the peak traffic times and all day on Sundays, when traffic levels are lower.

Bournemouth Echo

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