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Works on Gravel Hill water main replacement to restart during half term
WORK is due to start at half-term to replace a water main along a major Poole road, which had to be postponed from April after access to a school was badly affected.
Wessex Water had to suspend its work in Gravel Hill in the spring after a three-way traffic light system seriously impeded access to Poole Grammar School during term time.
Now the work is planned to start on Monday October 28 from the junction of the school, heading south to the entrance to the Shell petrol station in Waterloo Road and motorists are being warned of delays.
By the time pupils return to school on November 4, the company says it will have moved away from the entrance along to the final section of work at Darby’s Corner.
The ageing iron water main, which has suffered a number of bursts, is to be replaced along a 650 metre length.
At the same time Wessex Water will install a new fire hydrant at the rear of Poole Grammar, as agreed with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. This work, in Cogdeane Road, will take a week.
Two-way traffic lights will be in place outside the school and work will take place southbound along Gravel Hill but should not require the use of traffic lights. At Darby’s Corner there will be a one lane restriction to allow work to be carried out safely.
This will include all the roads approaching the roundabout and delays are expected during the three-week period while this takes place. We appreciate that this work may cause disruption and every effort will be made to minimise this,” said Brian Sheppey, project manager for the scheme.
“We will also do all we can to complete the essential work as quickly as possible, which may include working longer hours to reduce the overall duration.”
He added: “The water mains have suffered a number of bursts causing disruption to local people. Replacing the main with modern plastic pipes will reduce the likelihood of any future problems as well as safeguard the quality of the water supply.”
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