Night closures in August for construction work on the A31 bridge


THE LATEST round of overnight closures for the A31 at Ringwood has been revealed with construction of the new bridges about to begin.

Crews are on track to complete the major A31 road widening and bridge replacement project at the end of November and the next phase will see several 45m long girders brought to site to begin reconstruction.

In August, there will be two rounds of two-night closures as part of this process. The first closures will be on Tuesday August 9 and Wednesday August 10 from 8pm to 6am with the closure of the A31 westbound lanes (towards Bournemouth) between M27 J1 Cadnam and A338 Ashley Heath Roundabout.

Diversions will be put in place via the A336, A326, A35, A3060 and A338.

Identical closures will take place a week later on Tuesday August 16 and Wednesday August 17. The deviations will be the same.

The demolition and removal of the two bridges that carried the westbound A31 was completed on June 22 – a week ahead of schedule.

Crews also completed resurfacing and widening of the road between West Street and the Verwood Junction.

Resurfacing work on the path between West Street and Verwood Junction by the A31 at Ringwood. Image: National Roads

The new path material is made from recycled tires and produces only 50% carbon compared to traditional surfacing materials.

Minimizing the program’s carbon footprint also resulted in the disposal of old materials during demolition, with 96% of all materials removed from the site being recycled. The National Roads added that their next works will generate less noise, vibrations and dust.

A National Highways spokesperson said: ‘These new beams are 45 meters long, so installation will be a delicate and difficult task. We will have to close the A31 westbound lanes for two nights to lift the beams. Once these are in place, we can start building the new bridge decks.

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