Magna Road and Queen Anne Drive are the next key roads to benefit from the council’s major resurfacing programme aimed at improving some of the busiest routes in Poole.
Work to resurface Magna Road will start at the borough boundary with Bournemouth, heading west towards Queen Anne Drive, on Monday 4 December. A second contractor will start works to resurface Queen Anne Drive a week later on Monday 11 December. Both roads are scheduled to be completed on Thursday 21 December.
The two contractors will carry out works on the two roads simultaneously. Work will start at 7.30am and finish approximately 5pm Monday to Friday. Between 11 and 13 December a later start time of 9am will be used in a section of Queen Anne Drive, nearest the Gravel Hill signal junction, to minimise congestion on nearby major routes.
During the works stop/go boards will be used by both contractors to manage traffic, although two-way traffic will flow as usual. Information boards will be displayed at the junctions of side roads to indicate the times and dates when delays are expected at that particular location.
John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “As part of the council’s continued investment in its key routes we are pleased to be able to start this next major resurfacing scheme costing approximately £660,000.
“We appreciate that this essential work will cause some disruption to road users, especially when both contractors start to use their stop/go boards. We would ask motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and use an alternative route when possible.”
The second phase of works refurbishing existing as well as providing new cycling facilities is scheduled to start late February 2018.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “Our extensive road resurfacing programme is in direct response to residents’ requests to improve roads and pavements in Poole. We appreciate there is never a good time to carry out such works, but this investment is essential to ensure our roads remain fit for purpose. Our residents are already seeing the benefits of the improvements recently carried out at Blandford Road in Hamworthy and we look forward to seeing the same results in Merley and Bearwood.”
Cllr Jane Newell, Ward Member for Merley and Bearwood, Borough of Poole welcomes the upgrading work on Magna Road and said: "The resurfacing work in December followed by new safer cycling facilities in 2018 will improve this busy route for all users."
Cllr Marion Pope, Ward Member for Merley and Bearwood, Borough of Poole added: "As an Independent councillor I should like to say that I welcome the allocation of funds to resurface Magna Road and Queen Anne Drive. The A341 is an important east to west route for traffic joining up with the A31. The council's own automatic traffic counter at Canford Magna records a daily average of over 15,000 vehicles. In February 2018, further funds will be spent on providing a shared cycle/footway from Gravel Hill to the borough boundary. Combined with a reduction in speed limits and a new pedestrian crossing at Bearwood Post Office, residents will shortly enjoy a much safer transport artery."
The council’s ongoing resurfacing programme will also see improvements to Alder Road, Wimborne Road and Ringwood Road between now and April 2018.