Drivers warned of overnight road closures at major junction

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Blackwater roadworks
Roadworks at the Blackwater junction on the A338

MOTORISTS could face long delays due to a series of overnight road closures starting tomorrow (Tuesday) amid major junction improvement work near Hurn.

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It is part of the next phase of constructing a more efficient B3703 Blackwater West Junction, a nine-month project being overseen by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP).

The overall scheme will see improvements made to the on and off-slips to the A338 and cycle and footpath facilities on the B3073. It will also increase junction capacity by widening the road on both sides to create an additional lane.

The closures will happen from 8pm to 6am on weekdays only to enable preparatory work for the installation of new traffic lights and kerbs as well as road widening and surfacing work.

Firstly, the Blackwater West Junction will be shut on Tuesday, BCP has confirmed.

From Wednesday 11th until Friday 13th September the on slip will be closed with one lane open on the off-slip, while the B3703 will be shut in both directions to the Blackwater West Junction from the Hurn roundabout.

On Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September, the Blackwater West Junction on-slip will be shut, while one lane will remain open on the off-slip. Again the B3073 is set to be closed in both directions from Hurn roundabout.

From Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th September, there will be a full closure of the Blackwater West Junction to include all on and off-slips, and the B3073 will be closed in both directions.

From Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September, there will be a full closure of Blackwater West Junction, including the on and off-slips, BCP said.

The council added that, where possible, one lane will be kept open on the Blackwater West off-slip.

Cllr Andy Hadley, BCP cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “While these works will be taking place overnight to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, drivers should try to plan ahead if they can, allowing extra time for journeys and find alternative routes.

“All diversions will be signposted. We thank road users for their patience during these major improvements.”

The B3073 Blackwater West improvement scheme is the latest to benefit from £45.2m investment in the county’s transport infrastructure as part of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme.

That is funded through a deal Dorset LEP secured with the government which aims to facilitate better access into and around Bournemouth Airport, unlock employment land and stimulate economic growth.

Road users are advised to sign up to the A338 travel blog to stay up to date with road news or check @TravelDorset on twitter for updates. More information is available at www.A338.info.

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