County Council engineers solution to keep traffic moving on Winchester main road
Monday, 17 February 2014
In spite of persistent flooding and rising ground water levels, Hampshire County Council has taken action to get one of Winchester's main arterial roads reopened in time for this evening's rush hour (Monday 17 February).
Over the weekend (15 and 16 February), highways engineers have been working on Andover Road to erect a temporary elevated carriageway to enable traffic to travel on one lane of the northbound dual carriageway and relieve the pressure on other roads going out of Winchester.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "On an average day, 6000 vehicles travel northbound on the Andover Road. Its closure has obviously led to increased traffic congestion and we were concerned that the city could become gridlocked if other routes in and out of Winchester were to become similarly affected. The solution we have come up with is the construction of a temporary elevated carriageway. This has involved using 68 concrete barriers to retain 160 tonnes of 40mm stones and a further 160 tonnes of crushed concrete, finished off with over 500 square metres of tarmacadam road surfacing.
"It is a solution we have used successfully before in the county, 14 years ago, to keep traffic moving on the A31 at Ropley. I am pleased to say that every effort was made to get this built as soon as possible in time for the Monday evening rush hour. The elevated carriageway should ensure that the road can remain open to single file traffic even though water levels may fluctuate."
The northbound dual carriageway on the Andover Road has been closed since 8 February and a diversion has been in place using the B3049 Stockbridge Road.