PLANS for a third phase of refurbishments, worth £13.82million, have been given the go ahead for the A35 Redbridge Causeway.

In recent months, the well-used crossing has been undergoing repairs worth millions in order to prepare it for increasing volumes of traffic.

Now though, the county council has given approval to a third phase of works which will see critical maintenance take place in the form of significant concrete repairs, protection of the metal reinforcement within the structure from corrosion under water, structural waterproofing and resurfacing of the bridges on the eastbound carriageway.

Approval was given by Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council, and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, at a public meeting held on September 23.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Humby said: "This is a major scheme requiring engineers to co-ordinate the many necessary elements needed to repair the various Causeway structures.

"Our contractor, Milestone Infrastructure, is progressing well on the repairs to the underside of Redbridge Viaduct whilst working under tidal conditions and in line with the latest Government guidance for construction with regards to COVID-19 safety.

“I am pleased to agree the plans which will take us closer to completion of the wider project to refurbish all four structures carrying the A35 Redbridge Causeway, which was started in 2018.”

It is thought that construction of the third phase will take 18 months and will begin after the current works are completed in November.​

The A35 dual carriageway over Redbridge Causeway carries in excess of 60,000 vehicles a day and is also an important route for pedestrians and cyclists, providing safe passage over the River Test, the Southampton to Romsey railway line, and Redbridge Road.

CllrHumby added: “Traffic management in the form of temporary lane and full road closures of the A35 will be required for some elements of the third phase.

"However, these will be kept to a minimum - the bulk of the work being carried out under the bridges. Closures of Test Lane and Redbridge Road will also be required to complete the works on Redbridge Road bridge.”