Ridgeway lane closure


A section of one of the northbound lanes of the A354 Weymouth Relief Road will be closed for two days from Monday 20 June.

Between 9.30am and 4pm the crawler lane will come to an end earlier while a section of drainage at the corner of the Ridgeway bridge is completed.

Due to its close proximity to the old road, this drainage couldn’t be finished until traffic was on the relief road.



9 Responses to “Ridgeway lane closure”

  1. David Goddard Says:

    Many thanks for the response. The cycleway is a huge benefit, not least because the relief road can be something of a race track at times. It also means that it’s possible to ride through low cloud early in the morning without worrying about what might be approaching from behind!

  2. David Goddard Says:

    Last week I went down the cycle path from the top of the Ridgeway. Today (Sunday) and without any warning the road is blocked beyond the railway bridge. There is no notice advising of this, either in advance or where the road is blocked off, although I think the sign on the other side says something about keeping out of a demolition site. Can someone explain?

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi David Goddard,

      The route from Ridgeway on to the new cycleway by the hairpin bend which leads to Littlemoor is open. The section from the old A354 by the railway tunnel down to the new Upwey – Bincombe link will open shortly when the Bincombe junction works are complete.

      There are signs and barriers to guide the public from the old road onto the new cycleway to Littlemoor however these keep getting moved. I have passed your comments onto the scheme engineers who will check the signage.

      The cycleway from Weymouth to Dorchester will be open shortly although there will be some tidying up work to complete around the Bincombe junction.

  3. Richard Says:

    Off topic a bit
    is there anything to stop pedestrians walking down the sides of the road? The other night there were a few joggers using it. The lorry I was following had to cross the white line to get around them safely.

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately there isn’t anything we can do to stop this, but we would hope – for their own safety – that pedestrians wouldn’t walk/jog alongside the road.

      Once the last section of footway – between Bincombe and Ridgeway – has been finished in July, this should no longer happen.

      There are alternative routes for walkers/joggers such as the old Roman Road or Icen Lane and the bridleway between Bincombe and the Broadmayne Road.

      The route up the old A354 will provide a far better and safer link which is likely to be popular.

  4. David Says:

    Would it possible to explain the proposed workings of the Bincombe junction, please? I always thought it was to be ‘a limited access junction’ but am surprised to see that there are very substantial gates, as opposed to temporary barriers, on the 2 slip roads.

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi David,

      The gates are temporarily in place to prevent non-works vehicles access into the area, and they will be removed once the junction is finished.

      The limited access that you refer to is that the junction does not facilitate all movements:

      Northbound vehicles on Dorchester Road/Bincombe Lane can join the relief road at this junction and continue towards Dorchester, they cannot travel south to Littlemoor on the new road.

      Southbound vehicles on the relief road can leave the new road and join the Dorchester Road, Northbound vehicles on the relief road cannot leave the new road at this junction.

      Hope this helps. You can also see a drawing of the junction here: https://weymouthreliefroad.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/rumour/

  5. Matthew Buxton Says:

    Is there any chance that an update can be posted on this blog outlining the latest estimated completion dates for the remaining aspects of the relief road project? In particular, when is the cycle path from the top of the Ridgeway down to Upwey likely to be completed? Thanks.

  6. Martin Hill Says:

    The poppies look fabulous alongside the Relief Road

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