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Improvement Works Being Carried Out To Main Road In Poole

Major resurfacing works are being carried out to a busy main road in Poole during half term week.

Works to Herbert Avenue, costing approximately £210,000, will begin on Tuesday 27 May and finish on Saturday 31 May. The working hours will be 7.30am to 6pm.

The road, which was already in a poor condition, has been further damaged by the recent severe weather causing more potholes to form. The resurfacing works, which will be carried out in phases, will be focused on the section of road between Ringwood Road and Arne Avenue.

Work will initially start on the eastbound lane and then move to the westbound lane. However, to help with traffic flow, the opposite lane will remain open to traffic at all times.

During these essential works a 24 hour road diversion will be in place. Eastbound traffic will be diverted from the double roundabout in Ringwood Road towards the Mountbatten roundabout, Wallisdown Road and Alder Road. The diversion avoids the road works currently being carried out along Ashley Road. Westbound traffic will remain unaffected, although some delays are likely.

The junctions of Sark Road, Turbary Road, Stanfield Road, Manor Avenue and Good Road will be closed for the duration of the works to ensure public safety.

Access to the leisure centre, day care and library on the St Aldhelms Academy site will still be available and local businesses will also be open as usual, although the parking on Herbert Avenue will be restricted.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "We have received many complaints about the condition of this road and these works demonstrate that we have listened to what people have said and we are taking action.

"Herbert Avenue is such a busy road and with up to 23,000 vehicles using it every day, there is never going to be a good time to carry out these works. We have planned for the works to take place during half term, as there is generally 15% less traffic on the roads during this period. We have decided not to carry out night time working or 24-hour working at this time as this would cause unacceptable disturbance to local residents.

"We recognise that the works will cause some unavoidable disruption to road users and would ask motorists to allow extra time for their journeys. We would like to thank everyone for their patience, as this really is a case of short term pain for long term gain."

Councillor Brian Clements, Ward Member for Newtown, Borough of Poole, said: "I am pleased that the council has been able to schedule the works during the school half term in order to reduce disruption. It will be inconvenient for motorists who suffer delays and residents who suffer extra traffic diverted onto their roads. On the other hand people have been calling for the Herbert Avenue surface to be improved for a long time. That improvement must be welcomed."