UPDATE: Heavy traffic on Wessex Way on first day half of Richmond Hill roundabout is closed (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATE: Heavy traffic on Wessex Way on first day half of Richmond Hill roundabout is closed
4:20pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
MOTORISTS were faced with heavy traffic on the Wessex Way and delays on major Bournemouth routes on the first morning of the Richmond Hill roundabout closure.
Half the Richmond Hill roundabout was closed from the early hours of yesterday morning and will remain out of action for at least three weeks. Traffic queues were heavy on the slip road eastbound from Richmond Hill and the Wessex Way eastbound following the bridge closure.
Drivers approaching the roundabout from Wimborne Road wishing to travel to Richmond Hill had to travel down to St Paul’s roundabout and double back on themselves.
Westbound traffic was flowing freely from St Paul’s to Richmond Hill, but problems were created in other major Bournemouth routes.
Wimborne Road, Talbot Avenue, West Cliff Road and Priory Road from Durley roundabout were particularly busy due to drivers trying to find alternative routes. Ian Kalra, Transportation Services Manager for Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “We apologise for the further disruption caused during these critical activities, but please be assured we have planned the works so as to minimise the effects on the public as far as possible.”
The current phase of work requires the closure of the bridgedeck on the east side of the roundabout, between the two sliproads, to carry out work to replace bridge waterproofing and movement joints.
This forms part of a ten-week scheme, but the roadworks at Richmond Hill Roundabout are planned for completion at the end of November.
During this closure cyclists approaching from Wimborne Road are advised to use an alternative route to the town centre, wither either via Cavendish Road leading to Horseshoe Common, or along Braidley Road towards the Square.
Councillor Michael Filer, cabinet member for Transport, said: “Road safety is of paramount importance and we urge all road users to travel in a safe and respectful manner towards each other.”
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