Road users face five days of disruption from today as major repairs to a leaky pipe take place in Christchurch.
The city is always bustling thanks to a bypass running through the center of town, and any work on a key thoroughfare, rumbles into surrounding roads and alternate routes.
Work on Barrack Road is expected to take five days.
Here’s what we know.
Which road is closed?
Eastbound Barrack Road will be closed between Stour Road and the Fountain Roundabout from Monday September 26.
Both lanes heading downtown will be closed.
Why does this happen?
This allows SGN engineers to address a main leak under the road, which was located following reported gas leaks.
Billboards have been installed on a traffic island on the road since May.
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What is the diversion?
Well, this is where it gets interesting.
The diversion around Stour Road and Bargates will take you right back around the already congested town. Not that there’s much else you can do.
You can still use Barrack Road westbound. It is towards Bournemouth, but will not be able to head into Christchurch city center via Barrack Road.
The signposted diversion will be in place via Stour Road and Bargates, with a temporary traffic light at the junction between these two roads to “help keep traffic flowing and avoid congestion”.
What other restrictions are in place?
Barrack Road – road closed eastbound from Stour Road junction to Fountain roundabout
Twynham Avenue – road closed at its junction with Barrack Road
Stour Road – east side overhead parking lot – no parking, no waiting, no loading/unloading to ease traffic flow
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Bargates – suspended parking on both sides – no parking, no waiting, no loading/unloading to facilitate traffic
No vehicle access to the Pit Site car park
Who does the work?
SGN carries out the work.
Here’s what they said: “We are working closely with BCP Council to ensure there is minimal impact to residents living on secondary roads.
“We ensure that appropriate access restrictions and signage are in place to discourage secondary roads from being used as alternative routes.”