Damaged Burton Road footbridge to be replaced

A footbridge in Dorset is to be replaced because it has been weakened by collisions and no longer complies with accessibility regulations.

Work on the Burton Road bridge over the A35 Christchurch bypass will begin in mid-January and is expected to be completed by mid-June.

During the work the road will be reduced to one lane outside peak times.

County councillor Peter Finney said it would cause some delays but he hoped there would be minimal disruption.

He added: "The Burton Road footbridge is a vital amenity for local people to cross the A35 and this is an opportunity to replace the old, damaged bridge with a new one that can be safely used by all."

The A35 will be closed completely for six nights between the Stony Lane and the Somerford roundabouts while the new bridge and ramps are installed.

The dates for this work have not yet been announced.

Pedestrians will still be able use the old bridge during the project, except when the new bridge is being installed and the old one is being removed.

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