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Resurfacing Of Main Roads In Poole

Borough of Poole is spending nearly £220,000 resurfacing two main roads in Poole.

Works to resurface a section of Bournemouth Road will begin on Monday 28 October. The phased works will start at St Osmunds Road and will continue in an easterly direction to North Lodge Road as the resurfacing work progresses.

To minimise disruption to local residents and road users, the works will be undertaken outside of peak hours, between 9.30am and 4pm. The works will last for five days and during this period stop/go boards will be in operation to manage the two way traffic flow.

The works, costing £138,000, will require a one day temporary closure at the junctions of Warren Road, Hardy Road, Florence Road, Ponsonby Road and North Lodge Road.

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "We are working closely with Bournemouth Borough Council to minimise disruption to journeys between Poole and Bournemouth. We have scheduled the works to take place during half term as there is generally 15% less traffic during this period."

Once the work on Bournemouth Road has been completed, resurfacing a section of Ringwood Road will begin with work scheduled to start on Monday 18 November. Works will take place between the roundabouts at Old Wareham Road and Mannings Heath Road. The works, estimated to cost £80,000, are in response to serious deterioration of the road surface and increasing number of pot holes. The works will be carried out between 7.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday and are scheduled to finish on 22 November.

As the works will not enable two-way traffic at the end of the working day, there will be 24-hours a day diversion for southbound traffic, directing road users to Canford Way and Dorset Way. Northbound traffic will still be able to use Ringwood Road, although there may be some congestion during the day. Access to Herbert Avenue will not be affected by the works.

John Rice said: "We have decided not to carry out night time working or 24-hour working on these projects as this would cause unacceptable disturbance to local residents. It would also result in a significant increase in the overall cost of the works, therefore reducing the amount of money we would have available to spend on roads elsewhere in the borough."

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "We undertake surveys once a year to assess the condition and structural integrity of all Poole roads. This information is used to determine where we target our resources, as our current funding levels only enable us to resurface 0.7% to 1% of our road network each year.

"We are pleased to have the funding available to carry out improvements to two key roads in Poole. The works have been co-ordinated to ensure Bournemouth Road has been completed before works start on Ringwood Road, minimising the impact on local people. We would like to thank drivers in advance for their patience and suggest they seek an alternative route while these improvement works are carried out."

Full details of the road works can be found at www.boroughofpoole.com/highwaymaintenance.