Wimborne Road is the latest key route to benefit from the Department for Transport's Challenge Fund programme in Poole aimed at improving the condition of a number of key routes in the borough.
The works incorporate a series of enhancements which will improve the road for all users including a school zone for Poole High School (between Tatnam Road and Serpentine Road).
Phase one of the resurfacing work on Wimborne Road will start from 7am on Monday 12 March until 5.30pm on Thursday 29 March. To help traffic flow, one lane will remain open to vehicles. The southbound lane from the New Inn to the George roundabout will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Monday 12 March until completion on Thursday 29 March.
Southbound traffic will not be able to turn right at New Inn and travel down Wimborne Road towards the George roundabout. However traffic will be able to head north from the George roundabout towards the New Inn but will have to carry on to the Dorchester Road/Vicarage Road traffic signals before being able to turn right.
For safety reasons the side road junctions adjoining Wimborne Road will also be closed for the duration of the works. This will include Tatnam Road, Garland Road, Stokes Avenue, Haynes Avenue, Winterbourne Road, Sandbourne Road and Heckford Road.
Richard Pincroft, Traffic Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "These major improvements to Wimborne Road costing £750,000 are part of the council's ongoing Challenge Fund programme aimed at improving key routes in Poole.
"We appreciate that these improvements will cause significant disruption to road users and would ask motorists to allow extra time for their journeys, or use an alternative route or method of travel if 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.
"Hopefully road users will understand that there will be disruption for a few weeks and take the appropriate action giving themselves more time for travel or using other forms of transport. We all look forward to the completion of these works and seeing a much improved road surface."
Further details on the temporary arrangements:
During these works the main diversion route for southbound traffic wanting to get to the George roundabout is via Fernside Road, Civic gyratory and Parkstone Road. Drivers heading south from Gravel Hill will be encouraged to travel via Cabot Lane or Fleets Lane/Willis Way onto Holes Bay Road. Mobile variable message signs (VMS) will be used throughout the works to keep road users up to date. Pedestrian crossing facilities at the New Inn junction will be unaffected.
Buses will continue to operate northbound on Wimborne Road although due to safety reasons some bus stops will be unavailable at times when the resurfacing crew is working nearby. We would ask people on these occasions to please use the next nearest bus stop and to leave a little extra time for their journeys just in case.
Phase two of the resurfacing work will start from 7.30am on Monday 19 March until 4pm on Thursday 29 March. The work will start at the Fleetsbridge roundabout progressing south towards Dorchester Road/Vicarage Road signal junction stopping at Daisy Close. This work will be done using 'stop and go' two-way traffic management and some delays are to be expected.
The southbound lane from Wimborne Road off slip from Fleetsbridge roundabout to Bailey Crescent will be closed overnight from 7.30pm on Monday 19 March until 6am on Tuesday 20 March.
Resurfacing between the traffic signal junctions at New Inn and Oakdale (phase three) will be undertaken as a separate piece of work later in the year.
- Read more information about the works and to view a map