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A31 set for three-day 15-minute closures from Thursday to allow bridge beam removal



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PARTS of the A31 westbound are to be closed to traffic in 15-minute intervals over three days starting from tomorrow (Thursday) as part of major improvement work.

To allow the east section of the bridge – which carries the A31 over the Avon River – to begin being removed a 750-tonne crane will return to the site today ahead of work beginning on Thursday.

Once each beam is ready to be removed, National Highways will slow the westbound traffic in an enhanced mobile carriageway closure before moving the beam where it can be cut into pieces and removed from site.

Improvements to the A31 include widening the carriageway and demolishing the old bridge
Improvements to the A31 include widening the carriageway and demolishing the old bridge

Each traffic closure will take approximately 15 minutes and there will be up to three each day.

These will be carried out between 9.30am and 4pm to avoid peak traffic periods.

National Highways has also announced plans to close the A31 between junction one of the M27 at Cadnam and Ashley Heath junction of the A338 to carry out drainage work overnight between 8pm and 6am.

This will take place westbound – heading towards Bournemouth – between 13th and 17th June with traffic diverted via the A336, A326, A35, A3060 and A338.

There will be a similar closure eastbound – heading towards Southampton – for five consecutive nights, with dates yet to be confirmed.

A National Highways spokesperson said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works."



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