Brace yourselves: seven weeks of roadworks to begin at County Gates roundabout on Monday (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Brace yourselves: seven weeks of roadworks to begin at County Gates roundabout on Monday
DELAYS are expected when traffic lights are upgraded at one of the conurbation’s busiest junctions.
Work is scheduled to start on Monday at the County Gates roundabout and will last for seven weeks.
The work, costing an estimated £180,000, is similar to that carried out in April at Poole’s Civic Centre roundabout, which caused traffic problems for several weeks.
Its purpose is to reduce the lights’ power consumption, and therefore running costs and carbon footprint, and to reduce long term congestion with better linking of the junctions.
Poole council engineering manager John Rice said: “In order to minimise disruption to road users we will limit the periods when the permanent signals are out of use and avoid carrying out any works in the carriageways during peak periods.
“We would like to thank people for their patience while these works are carried out and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce vice-president Simon Harrison said the works would have to be tolerated.
“It is going to cause traffic chaos as that junction is bad enough anyway,” he said.
“The council has obviously waited for the summer rush to be over and the work needs to be done at some point, they need to complete it as quickly as possible.
“If they can change the sequencing to reduce congestion in the long term that will be good news for everybody, and worth a few weeks’ disruption.”
Each set of traffic lights will be upgraded in turn, with traffic giving way onto the roundabout and the installation of temporary pedestrian crossings.
Stop/Go boards will also be used in the evenings, between 7pm and 11pm. The work, which is also expected to improve the junction for pedestrians and cyclists and allow priority for buses, is due for completion on Sunday, October 27.
The project forms part of the Three Towns Travel programme of works being implemented across Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch over a three year period.
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