Posts Tagged ‘Ridgeway’

Bincombe junction and Ridgeway cycleway set to open

August 3, 2011

Another milestone in the Weymouth Relief Road project will be reached on Friday (5 August), with the opening of the new Bincombe junction and completion of cycleway routes.

Vehicles from Upwey, Broadwey and Bincombe will be able to join northbound traffic to Dorchester, and southbound traffic can leave the relief road to join Dorchester Road and Bincombe Lane. (more…)

Did you know?

July 5, 2011

Barrows on the Ridgeway (large version)

As part of the archaeological work on the Weymouth Relief Road, over 700 burial mounds on the South Dorset Ridgeway have been surveyed.

Wessex Archaeology worked with Dorset County Council and the South Dorset Ridgeway Steering Group to undertake a condition survey of the barrows scattered over 9,080 hectares.

Viking dentistry revealed!

July 4, 2011

Burial pit filed teeth (large version)

This image shows the latest find from the relief road Viking burial pit – a pair of front teeth that have been deliberately filed.

It’s unclear what the purpose of the deep horizontal grooves is, but it’s safe to say it wouldn’t have been a pleasant dental experience.

The discovery was made during the ongoing analysis of all the artefacts from the relief road archaeological excavations.

Read the press release.

Ridgeway lane closure

June 16, 2011

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.

Crawler lane

May 24, 2011

Ridgeway crawler lane (large version)

We have received a few comments about the relief road crawler lane and have been asked how it should be used during peak times, when the volume of traffic merging from two lanes into one leads to some short delays.

The Highway Code advises that where crawler lanes are provided, these should be used by slower-moving vehicles so that vehicles behind wishing to overtake can do so, and that drivers should be aware of signage and road markings which indicate when the lane is about to end.

It also advises that where a right-hand lane is used for overtaking, after completing the manoeuvre, drivers should move back to the left-hand lane as soon as it is safe to do so. (more…)

Ridgeway landscape

April 13, 2011

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.

Remaining works

April 8, 2011

The hairpin bend which has now gone (large version)

Although the main carriageway has been opened, work is continuing to finish other areas of the scheme.

The park and ride is programmed to be open during late May, as will the remaining cycleway links in the Lodmoor area.

Work is continuing on the new Littlemoor Road. The ‘off-line’ sections of road, which don’t currently have any traffic running on them, will be finished during May.

Work will then start on the complicated tie-in where the new road crosses the existing road near to Gould’s Garden Centre. It is likely that extensive traffic management will be needed to complete this small joining section.

The new cycleways along Littlemoor Road will be finished as the adjacent road work is completed. All the Littlemoor Road works should be finished by the end of July.

The Bincombe junction is programmed to open during July, as is the section of cycleway between the old hairpin bend and the Ridgeway bridge.

During the autumn any outstanding planting will be finished.

Haul road

March 30, 2011

You may have noticed temporary lights on the Ridgeway section of the relief road.

These give works access onto the old diversionary road at an entrance near to Swallows Rest. The temporary roads surface is being planed off and being used in the park and ride site.

Most of the time the lights will be on green on the relief road, they will be manually operated at all times and will not be used at weekends.

The lights will be in place until Friday 8 April.

The Ridgeway – 1962

March 17, 2011

To celebrate the opening of the Weymouth Relief Road and to say farewell to the old section of A354 that is to become a footpath, cycleway and bridleway, this short video has been uploaded.

With many thanks to Max Horton and the Dance family.

You’ll notice that there is no crawler lane as yet and there are few cars about.

November update

November 12, 2010

Littlemoor roundabouts Oct 2010 (large version)

During the rest of November surfacing works will continue across the scheme.

The surface course on the northern section – the main road from Dorchester end to Icen Lane – has been finished, and the white lining, road studs and barriers will be completed by the end of the month.

Kerbing and road construction will progress within the Littlemoor pond area with tarmac programmed to be laid at the end of November.

The Jurassic and Bincombe Bumps roundabouts are taking shape. There is still a significant amount of drainage work to be completed in the area, however, kerb and drainage kerb installation has started, which help mark out the form of the roads and roundabouts in the area.

The middle section of Littlemoor Road will be surfaced to binder course by the end of November, and work will then start on footpaths, street lighting and signage.

The Littlemoor corridor has been surfaced and work is progressing southwards completing the verge works.

At Two Mile Coppice the road formation is being completed. The main line around Veasta Roundabout and on to Manor Roundabout is programmed to be surfaced in the early part of December.

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