Night closures planned for Itchen Bridge in February29th January 2014
The safer, new, cycle-centric junction at Saltmarsh Road with the Itchen Bridge is due to reopen over the weekend of 15/16 February 2014. However, in order to complete the new junction layout, crucial resurfacing and line marking works must be undertaken, with some overnight closures necessary.
Weather permitting; the overnight closures are planned for the following dates (avoiding the busier Friday and Saturday nights), from 7.30pm-5.30am:
- Sunday, 2 February to Thursday, 6 February
- Sunday, 9 February
- Tuesday, 11 February to Thursday, 13 February.
There will be no vehicular access over Itchen Bridge during the night closures and signed diversion routes, via Peartree Avenue/Northam Bridge, will be in place. Pedestrians and cyclists can still use Itchen Bridge and the Saltmarsh Road junction subways.
From the 15/16 February there is likely to be a ‘bedding in’ period while road users get used to the new layout and the traffic signals are fine tuned to suit actual traffic flows.
itchen bridge up river with boats
To minimise disruption, other major planned work in the area has been delayed, including: excavation work at the Orchard Place junction with Platform Road that will start once the Saltmarsh Road junction has reopened, major work to repair the waterproofing of Central Bridge, and work to widen Town Quay that is now planned to start in mid-March and run until September. More details about the planned work at Central Bridge will be sent out ahead of the work starting.
Residents are encouraged to register for regular email updates about these projects via the council’s Stay Connected system or follow @scchighways on Twitter.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “These are important investments in our road network that will ensure its ability to support the expected economic growth of the city in the future. I’d like to thank residents and visitors to Southampton for their patience during these extensive road works, which will improve safety and preserve this vital link into the city centre.”