Burrfields bridge work is finally completed

Workers paint the white lines on the bridge carrying Baffins Road. The works have overrun by five weeks

Workers paint the white lines on the bridge carrying Baffins Road. The works have overrun by five weeks

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A PORTSMOUTH bridge has been reopened after three months of works.

Portsmouth City Council’s contractor Colas started making improvements to the Burrfields Road railway bridge in mid-July.

This led to an increase in traffic congestion on Copnor Road.

The work overrun by 15 days, as Colas claimed it would be complete ‘by the end of September’.

It was delayed by bad weather as rain in August and September made it difficult for workers to remove parts of the bridge to install water-proofing materials.

But Colas has announced that the bridge will re-open by midday today.

Contract manager Ray Muscat said: ‘We apologise for the delay in opening the bridge and would like to thank local residents and businesses for their kind patience and understanding during these essential works.’

The contractors have been weather-proofing the bridge, which crosses the railway and links Copnor Road to the industrial estate around Airport Service Road, and Eastern Road.

The project has also seen Colas repave the bridge for pedestrians, and alter the road crossing at the junction of Burrfields Road, Dundas Road and Copnor Road. It has installed pedestrian crossings on each road, with advanced stop lines for cyclists. The new traffic lights also have improved sensors, meaning they can change sequence to react to traffic build-ups.

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