Essential road works will be carried out on several local roads next week, as part of BCP Council’s Highway Maintenance Programme.
From Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 July, surface dressing works (a cost effective protective coating applied to the existing carriageway which prevents pot holes) will be carried out on the northbound and southbound section of the A338 Wessex Way, between the Cooper Dean flyover and the Springbourne Interchange. Lane closures will be in place and the slip roads leading to and from this part of the A338 Wessex Way will be closed with a signed temporary diversion in operation between 9.30am and 4pm daily. The slip lanes for access to Kings Park and from Queens Park South Drive will be closed off for the whole three-day period of the works as part of the site access arrangements.
A temporary advisory 20mph speed limit will also be in operation for 24 hours between the surface dressing being laid and the sealant being applied to keep all the chippings in place. Some delays to journeys are to be expected.
In addition sections of Wessex Way, from County Gates to the Cooper Dean flyover, will be closed overnight on 15 and 16 July to enable additional highways maintenance works, including grass cutting and litter picking, to be carried out.
From approximately 8.30pm on Monday 15 July until around 4am the following morning, there will be a full road closure (northbound and southbound) from County Gates to St Paul’s roundabout. Lanes 1 and 2 northbound will also be closed from St Paul’s roundabout to Springbourne roundabout.
On Tuesday 16 July, lanes 1 and 2 northbound from Springbourne roundabout to Cooper Dean flyover will be closed as well as lanes 1 and 2 southbound from Cooper Dean flyover to St Paul’s roundabout. The closures will take place from approximately 8.30pm until 4am the following morning. Signed diversion routes will be in place.
Other roads requiring surface dressing include four roads close to Darby’s Corner in Poole. Phased road closures will be in place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 July for Fontmell Road, Whitchurch Avenue, Badbury Close and Turnworth Close from 8.30am to 5pm each day. Steepleton Road and pedestrian access will be unaffected and access via the junction to Gravel Hill will be maintained throughout the works.
From Thursday 11 and Friday 12 July, surface dressing work will be carried out on the A337 Highcliffe Road, in both directions between the Somerford and Hobourne roundabouts. Lane closures will be in place between 9.30am and 4pm daily. Again a temporary advisory 20mph speed limit will also be in operation for 24 hours between the surface dressing being laid and the sealant being applied.
Julian McLaughlin, Director of Growth and Infrastructure, BCP Council, said: “Our road condition surveys show that these roads need to be repaired to prevent further deterioration and pot holes from forming.
“Unfortunately there will be some disruption to road users but we have scheduled the work in such a way as to minimise the impact to the community. We would like to thank drivers in advance for their patience and understanding while these repairs are carried out."
Cllr Andy Hadley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, BCP Council, added: “We appreciate this is immediately after disruption for the recent A338 widening work, but this maintenance work is essential. Every effort has been made to avoid the main summer holidays and peak rush hour working and to complete the works within one week.”
The surface dressing works are costing around £337,000.