Posts Tagged ‘Southdown Ridge’

A look ahead

January 5, 2010

Artists impression of the finished road (large version)

Over the first three months of 2010, all of the structures for the Weymouth Relief Road will start to take shape and most will be completed by May.

This includes a pedestrian underpass by Manor Roundabout and an underpass beneath the new road into Two Mile Coppice, as well as all the bridges for the scheme.

The footpath over Littlemoor bridge will be open shortly, and this will give a good view of the construction of the Southdown Ridge bridge.

There will also be work over the winter on many of the bridleways for the scheme and on the cycleway from Ridgeway to Dorchester.

As soon as weather conditions become reasonably dry, the main earthworks for the road construction will restart, in preparation for starting to surface the road during the summer.

Green bridge arches arrive

December 17, 2009

Southdown Ridge bridge arches (large version)

Pre-cast concrete arches for the Southdown Ridge green bridge were delivered on Tuesday and are being manoeuvred into place throughout this week.

Once securely in place, the arches will be back filled on either side to create the footpath across the bridge.

The bridge keeps the bridleway and footpath connected, which the road would otherwise sever. It will also be landscaped to blend into the surrounding area and ensure wildlife can cross the road.

Wet weather working

December 4, 2009

Southdown Ridge bridge footings (large version)

Despite the atrocious weather during November, and so far in December, work is still underway on the relief road.

The ground may be too wet for the big trucks and diggers to move around, but work is continuing on all of the structures.

The Southdown Ridge bridge footings are now in place and the concrete arches for the span of the bridge will arrive soon.

What’s happening with the burial pit finds?

December 2, 2009

A skeleton from the burial pit is put on display for the visit (large version)

Following a visit to Oxford Archaeology South’s offices we can update you with the process the archaeological finds are going through.

Photos are also available on our Flickr account.

View from October

November 6, 2009

Aerial view of Southdown and Littlemoor gap (large version)

If you haven’t already seen them, aerial images taken in October are now available on our Flickr account.

In this photo you can see work starting on the Southdown bridge.

Exclusive: geology interview

October 2, 2009

Jurassic Coast Earth Science Advisor Sam Scriven is seen here out on site talking us through the geology of the relief road, and the plans we have to keep the remarkable layers of time exposed in Southdown Ridge visible.

Check out our VodPod account to see another interview with Sam about what geology was found on the relief road.

Geology uncovered!

September 21, 2009

Fossil in Bincombe (large version)

Fossils over 150-million-years-old have been recovered from the Weymouth Relief Road.

Experts working for road designers Amey, contractor Skanska and Dorset County Council were given a window of opportunity over the summer to explore some of the relief road cuttings.

An amazing array of finely preserved insects were found including caddice flies, lacewings, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies and true flies – all the sorts of insects you would find around Weymouth today.

Read the press release.

See some of the finds.

September weekend working

September 4, 2009

Starting from this weekend, Skanska has been granted permission to work extended hours every weekend throughout September.

The main work is to move earth material from Southdown Ridge to the Lodmoor park and ride site and the continued remediation of the disused landfill site.

Weekend work update

August 14, 2009

Skanska will be working extended hours this weekend in the area from Southdown Ridge to Mercery Road.

  • 8am – 5pm, Saturday 15 August
  • 9am – 5pm, Sunday 16 August

Due to adverse weather conditions, Skanska were not able to work last weekend and have been granted permission to work the weekend of 22 and 23 August in lieu.

The work involved is excavation on Southdown Ridge, running the excavated material down the line of the scheme to Lodmoor landfill, steel work on the railway bridge near Manor Roundabout and resurfacing of Lodmoor landfill.

Weekend working

August 7, 2009

Big earthworks truck (large version)

Skanska will be working extended hours this weekend and next weekend in the area from Southdown Ridge to Mercery Road.

  • 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8 & 15 August
  • 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9 & 16 August

Utility diversions in the area have taken longer than expected and bad weather over the last two weeks  has caused delay to the earthworks programme at the southern end of the scheme.


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