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Roadworks on Redbridge Roundabout to cause delays for 60,000 vehicles a day
IT IS already one of the busiest traffic bottlenecks in Hampshire.
And now motorists are facing a winter of roadworks misery at one of the main gateways into Southampton .
Major works are to be carried out on the crumbling Redbridge roundabout at the bottom of the M271 motorway, which has been plagued by work in recent years.
The cones go up in a fortnight with council bosses apologising in advance for any inconvenience caused to commuters.
They have warned the work will have a “high impact on traffic” but have promised that there will be “no significant further maintenance” for years.
The roundabout carries 60,000 vehicles a day, or around 20 million a year, and is essential to the city’s economy but the urgent repairs are vital.
The work includes replacing the road surface and upgrading drains and will be carried out during the day and at night.
The first phase starts on October 15 and will run for four weeks. Most of the initial work will be on the drainage using a “no dig” repair solution.
The council said the “bulk of the work” will be done overnight with partial day closures of the west bound slip lanes for kerb works.
After a Christmas break repairs will resume in February for final resurfacing work which will take until the end of April.
A council statement said: “Once completed the roundabout surface should not require significant further maintenance for many years. The new surface will improve safety for the thousands of motorists who use it daily. The new smoother road surface should offer a marked reduction in the noise levels generated by heavy vehicles compared with the current road surface.”
“The first phase of work, which will begin on October 15 for four weeks is to the drainage on the roundabout and slip roads. Then work will stop for the Christmas period and we hope to start again in the middle of February.
The roundabout was last closed in February for urgent repairs.
The work to patch up potholes and the damaged surface of the roundabout was needed to prevent the road surface becoming a danger to motorists, the council said. A previous major resurfacing project took place six years ago.
Keith Peat from the Association of British Drivers said while road improvement was important it was imperative for the council to make a significant investment in the roads to avoid “patch up” repairs.
He said: “I would query why this work keeps needing to be done. The local authority needs to realise that the local economy would collapse if it were not for motor car transport.”
The AAs head of road transport policy Paul Watters said: “Of course this will be a nuisance but let’s hope they get in right this time and more work is not needed for some time to come.”