Major investment in two main roads in Poole

Resurfacing works to two main roads in Poole will start next week, as part of the council’s ongoing focus to improve some of the busiest routes in the borough. 

Alder Road, between Herbert Avenue and Yarmouth Road will be closed from 7am on Monday 12 February through to 5.30pm on Friday 16 February. During this time the junction of Alder Road with Playfields Drive will also be closed. 

A southbound closure will be in place from Yarmouth Road to Ashley Road from 7am on Monday 19 February through to 5.30pm on Wednesday 28 February. This will also include the closure of the junctions of Gwynne Road and Recreation Road with Alder Road. 

Two resurfacing teams will operate simultaneously in different parts of the road to help complete the work as quickly and as safely as possible. One team will start near Langside Avenue and South Park Road heading southwards towards Herbert Avenue. Stop/go signs will be used to manage traffic, allowing two-way traffic to flow. A second team will begin work in the closed section of road between Herbert Avenue and Yarmouth Road and then move onto the section between Yarmouth Road and Ashley Road under a southbound lane closure. 

The works will also include the installation of a pedestrian crossing across Alder Road at the Alder Road/Herbert Avenue junction and a link between the traffic signals at Herbert Avenue and Yarmouth Road making it easier to manage traffic flows and help ease congestion. 

All businesses will be open as usual. A temporary diversion will be in place for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) via Ringwood Road and Bournemouth Road. 

These improvements at Alder Road follow on from the resurfacing works carried out in February last year near Mossley Avenue, Morrison Avenue and Pine Avenue. Once this last phase of works has been completed Alder Road will benefit from a new surface all the way from Wallisdown Road to Ashley Road. This will make a huge difference to the quality of the journey for all road users and reduce noise making it a quieter place to live. 

Resurfacing works will also start at Sandbanks Road between the railway bridge near Tennyson Road and including the junction of Pottery Road from 7am on Monday 12 February until approximately 7pm on Tuesday 13 February. During this time stop/go signs will be used to manage traffic. However the junctions of Salterns Road, Pottery Road, Whitefield Road and Sherwood Avenue will be closed from 7am to 7pm on Tuesday 13 February to enable the work to be carried out safely. 

Once this work has finished it will complement the resurfacing works carried out in October last year from the Civic Centre to the railway bridge. Again all businesses will be open as usual. 

Richard Pincroft, Traffic Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “To minimise disruption to road users we have scheduled these works to take place during half term when there is generally 15% less traffic during this period. 

“We appreciate that these improvements will cause some disruption to road users and would ask motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or use an alternative route when possible.” 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “The extra funding from the government has given us an opportunity to put much-needed investment into our road network ensuring they remain fit for purpose. These improvements form part of our extensive road resurfacing programme which is responding to residents’ requests to improve roads and pavements in Poole.” 

The council’s ongoing resurfacing programme will also see improvements to Wimborne Road and Ringwood Road between now and April 2018. 

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