Rhino leaves lasting impression on Institute Road

Work by the company, Rhino Asphalt Solutions has been going on all week to finish the new pavements in Institute Road, as part of Swanage’s town centre improvement scheme.

Working from 6 pm into the early hours, the aim is to finish the project in time for Monday 15th June 2020, when more shops in Swanage are expected to reopen, under a relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions.

Night time working in Institute Road
Dorset Council
Night time working in Institute Road
Dorset Council

The pattern is imprinted to create a paved slab effect

Imprint the pavements

The company is using a specialist technique to imprint the pavements, creating a Purbeck stone pattern effect. The material is laid at a temperature of 200 degrees so that it can be spread, levelled and then imprinted with the chosen pattern before it sets.

The pavement in front of McColls and Haymans Bakery has been completed, as has part of the pavement on the opposite side by the Cornish Bakery.

Work on pavements in Institute Road
Work on Institute Road pavement

Work has progressed all week, starting in the early evening and continuing into the early hours, while less pedestrians are around

Reduce trip hazards

The new method aims to make the new, wider pavements easier to maintain, more durable and reduce trip hazards compared to traditional slabs, while keeping the look and feel of the town’s environment.

Institute Road pavement

A close-up of the new pavement surface outside McColls newsagent

Institute Road pavement

The pavement by the bridge near the Cornish Bakery has been completed

Institute Road pavement

Where Institute Road meets Station Road, a variety of different pavement surfaces have been used over the years

The new traffic island

The last part of the work will be to imprint the new traffic island outside Harry Ramsdens. This is scheduled to finish by Wednesday 17th June 2020.

Once completed, Institute Road will be reopened, the direction of traffic flow of Kings Road East will return to normal and the temporary traffic lights at the junction with High Street will be removed.

Traffic island outside Harry Ramsdens

Work to finish the traffic island outside Harry Ramsdens has yet to start

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