Improvement works at Gravel Hill reaches next stage
The £3.9 million improvement works being carried out at Gravel Hill (A349) are progressing well and the contractors are now half way through the works programme.
So far the works have included the removal of the traffic signals and traffic islands from the junction of Queen Anne Drive and Gravel Hill to keep traffic moving during the extensive works.
Vegetation has been cleared, trees felled and pipes and cables for utility companies have been relocated to enable the road to be widened. Part of the embankment has been cut back and a new retaining wall has been constructed to provide greater width at the Queen Anne Drive junction. In addition, metal piles have been driven into the ground along the road edge on Gravel Hill to strengthen the embankment and the road drainage is being improved. 450 soil nails have been installed to support the cutting slopes along the edge of the new shared footway/cycle lane.
The next phase of work being undertaken by the council's construction team involves the completion of the new kerbs and surfacing of the Queen Anne Drive junction and installation of the replacement traffic signals. Mildren Construction are completing the major drainage works prior to reconstructing a section of the carriageway and surfacing the new shared footway/cycle lane.
John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “This improvement scheme kick started the £23.3 million investment in Poole’s infrastructure so it is important that we got off to a good start and continued this through the works programme. We are now currently half way through these works on Gravel Hill and are really pleased with how the works are progressing and the use of the temporary measures we have put in place to minimise disruption to road users.
“Although some works may continue up until the end of January we are currently on schedule to re-open the road by the end of November. We would like to thank everyone for their patience during these works."
Gordon Page, chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “It is encouraging to see that the works at Gravel Hill are making good progress. They form part of a series of much-needed infrastructure investments in and around the Port of Poole that will future-proof important transport networks and unlock economic growth into the region.”
These improvements, funded through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth deal, are part of a much wider co-ordinated programme that will see the A31 to the Port of Poole benefit from significant investment over the next few years.