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Roadworks at Punchbowl close A3

Construction of the A3 tunnel
The tunnel under the Devil's Punch Bowl is due to open in 2011

A stretch of one of the busiest roads in Surrey is closed all weekend while work is carried out to link a new roundabout to the existing network.

The A3 was closed in both directions immediately south of the Hindhead Crossroads at 2200 GMT on Friday and is due to reopen at 0500 BST on Monday.

The work is part of the £371m project currently under way to build a tunnel under the Devil's Punchbowl.

Traffic is being directed to other roads in Surrey and Hampshire.

From the north, traffic is being directed to leave the A3 at the Hogsback and follow the A31 and the A325 to rejoin the A3 at Greatham in Hampshire.

The same route is signposted from the south.

The Highways Agency said the closure was required to complete surface work on the new roundabout junction that will form the southern access to the tunnel.

The tunnel, which will be 1.9km (1.2 miles) long, is expected to keep 30,000 vehicles a day from the Devil's Punchbowl beauty spot.

Workers on the north and south sides of the tunnel, which is due to open in 2011, met in the middle last month.

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