June was a good month for the project, with fine weather meaning the bulk earth moving for the project has been finished.
During July the earthworks will be ‘trimmed’ to get the final levels for embankments and roundabouts correct. The main areas for this are Ridgeway, the balancing ponds at Littlemoor and the southern part of the scheme by Manor Railway bridge, Two Mile Coppice and Lodmoor.
There is a huge amount of drainage still to put in for the scheme, including balancing ponds such as the one at Ridgeway pictured above.
There are 33 concrete drainage outfall structures on streams, drains and ditches across the scheme – with eight left to install.
The handrails, top-soiling and surfacing works on Chapel Lane, Southdown Ridge and Lorton Lane bridges will also be finished this month.
Chalk stabilisation of the road surface and placing tarmac will also continue.