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Third phase of major £25m A35 Redbridge Causeway refurbishment given go-ahead by Hampshire County Council

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THE third-phase of a £25m overhaul of the A35 Redbridge Causeway has been given the green light.

Hampshire County Council deputy leader Cllr Rob Humby approved the £13.82m proposal, which will be funded with a £11.42m grant from the Department for Transport and £2.4m from the county council's structural maintenance budget.

The A35 dual carriageway is a vital link between the New Forest and Waterside and Southampton and carries in excess of 60,000 vehicles a day.

Redbridge Causeway carries more than 60,000 vehicles a day
Redbridge Causeway carries more than 60,000 vehicles a day

The third phase involves contractor Milestone Infrastructure repairing various structures and conducting critical maintenance through significant concrete repairs and protection of the metal reinforcement within the structure from corrosion under water.

It will also undertake structural waterproofing and resurface the bridges on the eastbound carriageway leading into Southampton.

Cllr Humby, also the cabinet member for economy, transport and the environment, said: "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 anticipated construction of the third phase will take 18 months and start immediately after the current phase two works are completed in November.

Cllr Humby 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."

More information is available via www.hants.gov.uk

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