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Northam Bridge Southampton repairs: Road delays expected

Northam Bridge Image copyright Peter facey
Image caption Work on the Northam Bridge is scheduled to last until May

Motorists are set to face delays as five months of work begins on one Southampton's busiest commuter routes.

The 1950s-built Northam Bridge, which carries the A3024 road as a dual carriageway, is having a waterproof layer added.

Lane closures and a reduced speed limit have been put in place while the £1.2m work is carried out.

The city council said the work was "critical" and a strategy was in place to minimise delays.

About 35,000 vehicles use the bridge over the River Itchen each day.

John Harvey, of Southampton City Council's highways department, said: "We're anticipating delays on the approaches to the bridge in the peak hours.

"I know its not easy but drivers can help us by travelling outside peak times, car-sharing and taking alternative routes," he added.

The upgrade, which forms part of the government's £317m pinch-point programme on motorways and major trunk roads, is expected to be completed by May.

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