All the lorries and equipment arrived in town this weekend, ready to start two weeks of road resurfacing. Up to 20 roads across Swanage will receive the micro-surfacing treatment, which will fill in any cracks and potholes.
There will be a rolling programme of road closures, starting from Monday 2nd March 2020, to enable the programme of work to take place. Dorset Council has contracted specialist highway services company, Eurovia UK to carry out the job.
Delayed due to bad weather
The plan had been to complete this work last autumn but it had to be delayed due to bad weather.
The roads in west Swanage include:
- Priests Road
- Steer Road
- Cow Lane
- Hillsea Road
- South Road
- Cecil Road
- Linden Road
The roads in south Swanage include:
- Stafford Road
- Exeter Road
- Taunton Road
- Grosvenor Road
- Seymer Road
- Sentry Road
- Belle Vue Road
- Park Road
- Marshall Row
The timing of these road closures now coincides with the separate closure of Institute Road and Victoria Avenue – two main roads in Swanage.
Victoria Avenue should have been open by now, but gas works have overrun and are now expected to be completed by Friday 6th March 2020.
Traffic lights not working
The roadworks in the centre of town and the closure of Institute Road is part of a 16 week programme to improve the safety of the shopping area by widening the pavements and relocating the loading bays. The disruption to vehicles was exacerbated today by some of the temporary traffic lights not working properly, causing delays to traffic.
While recognising the inconvenience to vehicle owners, Dorset Council has asked people to be patient, as the long term outcome will be much better, improved roads.
Councillor Gary Suttle, elected member for Swanage ward, said:
“I appreciate that many roads in the town are in dire need of work and welcome this activity as a step towards repairing some of this damage.”
Councillor Bill Trite, elected member for Swanage, added:
“I’m very keen to see this work underway. Please look out for signs advising of exact dates your road is being treated, and bear with us while this work is carried out.”