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8:37am Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in Andover
OVERNIGHT road works have started on bridges near Andover this week.
The three-week maintenance project includes re-surfacing three bridges along the A303.
Two bridges on the A303 to the west of Andover will be resurfaced – the Kimpton Quarley bridge over the junction where the A303 meets Wiremead Lane near Thruxton and Thruxton Hill bridge, on approach to the A303 junction with the A338 for Salisbury.
The third structure to be resurfaced will be the main bridge at the Picket Twenty interchange, where the A303 meets the A3093 to the east of Andover.
All work is being carried out overnight, when traffic flows are lowest, and all restrictions will be removed outside working hours.
Steve Cobb, Highways Agency structures manager, said: “The A303 is a major route to the South West and it is vital that we invest in the road to keep it in good condition for the many thousands of drivers who depend on it every day. “ We have planned the work carefully to keep disruption to an absolute minimum, though I’d advise drivers using the A303 overnight for the next few weeks to allow some extra time for their journeys.”
Work on the first two bridges will be carried out every weekday night until Thursday, 12 October, with a 40mph speed limit on approach to the roadworks and a convoy system in place past the work site itself. Work at the Picket Twenty interchange will begin on Monday, 15 October for five nights and will require various overnight closures of parts of the A303 over the interchange, for which clearly signed diversion routes will be in place.
All overnight restrictions will typically be in place between 10pm and 5.30am each night. Weather permitting, the work will be completed overnight on Friday 19 October.