A35 Redbridge Causeway given £13.4m government cash to finish refurb
A KEY link to the New Forest has been given more than £13m in government cash to complete "critical" improvements on the route.
The Redbridge Causeway on the A35, a dual carriageway which links the Waterside with Southampton and carries more than 60,000 vehicles a day, has been undergoing a £25m refurbishment.
The funding from the Department for Transport will "contribute significantly" to the cost of finishing the latest phase of the work, with Hampshire County Council stumping up the remaining sum of around £4m.
Improvements include concrete repairs, protection of the metal reinforcement from corrosion, structural waterproofing and resurfacing.
HCC transport boss Cllr Edward Heron said he was delighted with the funding: "The A35 dual carriageway is an important route for pedestrians and cyclists, providing safe passage over the river, the Southampton to Romsey railway line, and Redbridge Road.
"It is also a key route which connects important economic hubs such as the city and port of Southampton, and the Waterside area.
"This funding success recognises the importance of this vital road, rail, walking and cycling route.”
The causeway has seen overnight closures and temporary speed limits over the course of the work, which is expected to be finished by November 2023.
Cllr Keith Glazier, chair of Transport for the South East which helped secure the cash, said: "Redbridge Causeway provides a vital connection between Southampton and the New Forest waterside area.
"This investment will help safeguard it for the future, boosting economic growth and supporting important access routes for trade from our international gateways."
Roads minister Baroness Vere added: "We are committed to delivering world-class infrastructure in Southampton and Hampshire to ensure the local economy can truly thrive.
“This £13.4m in funding will improve connectivity and attract crucial economic investment to boost local employment and housing development, while giving motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the modern, safe and uncongested roads they deserve."