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21 October 2013, 12:04
Delays are expected as roadworks start on a major roundabout in Bournemouth.
The roadworks at Richmond Hill Roundabout will start at midnight on Monday 21 October and are planned for completion at the end of November. The next phase of the work requires the closure to all traffic of the bridgedeck on the east side of the roundabout, between the two sliproads, in order to carry out work to replace bridge waterproofing and movement joints.
This section of the bridge will be closed from the early hours of Tuesday morning for three weeks subject to weather conditions. Drivers are advised to use alternative routes if at all possible although signed traffic diversions will be put in place during this period.
Drivers approaching the roundabout from Wimborne Road wishing to travel to Richmond Hill, or towards Poole will be diverted onto Wessex Way towards St Paul’s Roundabout and then back toward Richmond Hill Roundabout. Drivers approaching from Poole, wishing to travel to Richmond Hill will be asked to continue towards St Paul’s Roundabout then back toward Richmond Hill Roundabout.
During this closure cyclists approaching Richmond Hill from Wimborne Road are advised to use an alternative route to the town centre; either via Cavendish Road leading to Horseshoe Common, or along Braidley Road towards the Square.
The subway will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists at all times.
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.”
Diagrams of the diversion routes are available at http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/StreetsTransport/RoadsHighwaysPavements/RoadClosuresRoadWorks.aspx