Motorists warned to brace themselves for delays as roadworks start on Bournemouth Road on Monday (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Motorists warned to brace themselves for delays as roadworks start on Bournemouth Road on Monday
MOTORISTS have been warned to expect possible delays when roadworks start on one of Poole’s busiest roads next week.
Borough of Poole is spending nearly £220,000 resurfacing sections of Bournemouth Road and, later next month, Ringwood Road.
The Bournemouth Road project, which will move along the highway in stages, is scheduled to start on Monday.
However, storms forecast by the Met Office on the same day could push back the start date, as resurfacing cannot take place during heavy persistent rain.
Poole’s engineering manager John Rice said: “We are working closely with Bournemouth Borough Council to minimise disruption to journeys between Poole and Bournemouth.
“We have scheduled the works to take place during half-term as there is generally 15 per cent less traffic during this period.”
The phased project, taking place between 9.30am to 4pm, will start at St Osmund’s Road, continuing in an easterly direction to North Lodge Road as resurfacing progresses.
Once engineers finish on Bournemouth Road, they’ll switch focus to Poole’s Ringwood Road, where resurfacing is timetabled to start on November 18.
Work here is planned to commence between the Old Wareham Road and Mannings Heath Road roundabouts.
It is hoped this stage of the dual roads project will be completed by November 22.
Mr Rice said officials decided against carrying out night-time or 24-hour working as it would “cause unacceptable disturbance to local residents” and lead to a “significant increase in overall costs”.
Cllr Xena Dion, of Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased to have the funding available to carry out improvements to two key roads in Poole.
“The works have been coordinated to ensure Bournemouth Road has been completed before works start on Ringwood Road, minimising the impact on local people.”
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