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Traffic misery eases on Itchen Bridge in Southampton
2:36pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
TRAFFIC woes on Southampton’s Itchen Bridge have eased after changes to major roadworks going on there.
Southampton City Council has received eight official complaints since work started on October 19.
Thousands of motorists endured lengthy delays on Monday as the roadworks combined with a number of accidents and heavy rainfall to create hours of traffic chaos.
Council transport boss Jacqui Rayment and contractor Balfour Beatty apologised to motorists caught up in the chaos and a number of changes such as extra leafleting, better signage and changed traffic light sequences were implemented.
Since then delays have reduced, and traffic has flowed better.
The roadworks at the roundabout junction between Itchen Bridge and Central Bridge are part of a £1.7million project to improve cycle links between Woolston and the city centre, and will take 15 weeks to complete.
But delays in the area will last well into next year, as work to waterproof and preserve Central Bridge will start early next year and last until May.
A spokesman for the city council said: “We have had eight official complaints about the roadworks.
“These transport infrastructure works are required to transform the roundabout junction at Saltmarsh Road (between Itchen Bridge and Central Bridge) where there have been seven serious accidents involving cyclists over the past three years, and to complete essential maintenance works to waterproof and preserve Central Bridge.”
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