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Get Ready For Traffic Chaos In Dorchester

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10:10am 7th January 2015

Major work on replacing a gas main is due to start in Dorchester on Monday. (12th January)

Southern Gas Networks say it will have a huge impact on traffic in the town.

They have a stand at Dorchester Market today (7th January) - to let people know more details about the work in Weymouth Avenue.

The work will be carried out in nine phases, starting outside 1 Weymouth Avenue on 12 January and coming to an end outside 31 Weymouth Avenue approximately 12 weeks later.

There will be restricted access to Eldridge Street on Sunday 18 January to allow the new main to be connected. Fairfield Road will be closed during phases 4 and 5, while during Phases 6 to 9 there will be no access to Weymouth Avenue from its feeder roads (Upper Fairfield Road, Edward Road and Queen’s Avenue) as the works cross their entrance.

SGN Team Manager John Powell said: “I would like to apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused by this project. All our work is being carried out in close consultation with Dorset Highways, and we will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption.

“We understand that roadworks can be very frustrating, but the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that once the work has been completed, people in Dorchester will continue to enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and secure gas supply for many years to come.”


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