Ridgeway landscape


Ridgeway cycleway shaping (large version)

Work on digging up the old section of road from the hairpin bend to the Ridgeway is progressing well, and the council’s natural environment team is working with the engineers to get the curved alignment and restoration of this key section right.

This section of the old A354 is being narrowed to provide farm access and for the cycleway/footpath.

A series of gentle sweeping curves are being put into the alignment so it minimises the landscape and visual impacts while providing a practical and scenic route.

A central grass strip, with a chalk subsoil, will be sown with chalk downland grass and wildflower seed.

Areas of existing dense scrub will be scrapped away in places so more interesting wildflower banks can establish, and it is hoped that the new grassed banks and verges will not only provide great locations to enjoy picnics and open views but also new areas for wildlife to take hold and thrive.                

The Image above shows the very early stages of marking out the curved alignments.


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2 Responses to “Ridgeway landscape”

  1. Terry Says:

    This sounds really excellent at the Ridgeway, can’t wait to have a continuous cycle path to Dorchester. The new road is brilliant and is finished well, congratulations to Skanska and DCC.

    How long before we can cycle right through to Preston Beach from Manor Roundabout?

    Also can we have some form of traffic calming on Dorchester Road, especially around Redlands and Wey Valley School areas. Maybe something simple to start with, say, get rid of the double yellow lines to allow onstreet parking which may help to slow the traffic down and is also not an expensive option.

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Terry,

      Thank you for your comments.

      The remaining Lodmoor cycleways, around the park and ride site, should be finished towards the end of May – allowing cyclists access into the country park and onto the Preston beach wall.

      The environmental improvement plans for Dorchester Road – which aim to enhance the landscape and promote a calm street scene – are currently being revised following consultation with local residents at the end of last year.

      Onstreet parking, pedestrian facilities, a cycleway and a review of current road markings are being looked at as part of the scheme. We will be holding further public exhibitions this year to hear what residents think.

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