DRIVERS can expect delays for the next two weekends as a busy link road is closed for roadworks.
The road that connects the A27 to the A3(M) via the Rusty Cutter roundabout at Bedhampton will be closed throughout the weekend to allow contractors to complete a £2.3m transport scheme.
Diversions have been set up, but it could mean extra congestion, particularly on the Eastern Road roundabout at Farlington.
Drivers travelling south on the A3(M) and wanting to get on the A27 eastbound will be diverted to come off at the Rusty Cutter roundabout and then travel along Havant Road and the Eastern Road before joining the A27 at Farlington roundabout.
Meanwhile, those wanting to travel north on the A3(M) from the A27 westbound are being diverted along the A27 to the Farlington roundabout to rejoin the A27 eastbound.
The work is being carried out by Hampshire County Council and the South East England Development Agency to install new traffic lights on the Rusty Cutter roundabout.
The work was due to be finished in June, but has been delayed. Contractors now hope to finish the work by October 21.
Development director at Seeda Peter Cusdin said: ‘These works are being undertaken to improve peak traffic flows across the roundabout and to enable the development of the nearby Harts Farm Way site, which is expected to create up to 800 new jobs in the area, to proceed.
‘We are working with our contractors to complete the works quickly and with the minimum possible disruption to road users and residents and apologise for the inconvenience these improvement works may cause.
‘We do, however, require the road closure to undertake surfacing and apply surface treatments, white lining and carry out waterproofing works to the bridge deck on the link road.’
The road will be closed from 10pm tomorrow to 6am on Monday and for the same period next weekend.
There are overnight closures from 10pm on September 19 to 6am the next day, 10pm on September 20 to 6am the next day and again on October 12 from 10pm until 6am the following day.