Wind and rain keeps key road closed

Havant Road, Hayling Island, close to the Yew Tree Inn. Credit: Google Street View

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BAD weather and a stubborn waterproof membrane will keep a major Portsmouth link road closed for at least another three weeks.

Burrfields Road, Copnor, had been expected to re-open by the end of September, but contractors have now said it will be October 21 before traffic can flow again.

The road, which links Copnor Road and Stubbington Avenue to Eastern Road, was closed in July so contractors Colas could repair the bridge over the railway line in Burrfields Road for the first time in 20 years.

Colas contracts manager Ray Muscat said workers had had problems removing the bridge’s old waterproof membrane.

And bad weather in August and early September brought delays because new waterproofing could not be applied when it was wet and windy.

Mr Muscat said: ‘I appreciate the works have caused disruption to residents and businesses along Burrfields Road, but we are doing all we can to complete these essential works in the quickest time possible.’