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Drivers Warned To Expect Delays


8:08am 7th January 2013

Major roadworks will be starting in Weymouth today and we're being warned to plan our journeys.

Improvements are being made for walkers and cyclists who use the Marsh Route, with crossing facilities due to be installed.

The shared use footpath and cycleway links Newstead Road with Chickerell Link Road, and is popular with commuters, school children and families.

Dorset County Council will start work today to:

- Install a toucan crossing on Cumberland Drive o Upgrade the crossing point at Lanehouse Rocks Road junction o Widen the pavement into the road by Marquis of Granby for cycleway o Provide additional crossing facilities at Fiveways junction

From Monday 14 January there will be several traffic management measures in place:

- For three weeks, Cumberland Drive will be closed between its junction with Chickerell Road and access to the Land Registry. The diversion route is the Chickerell Link Road.
-Three-way temporary traffic signals will be in use at Fiveways. These will be manually controlled 7.30am-9am and 2.30pm-6pm Monday to Friday.
- Three-way temporary traffic signals at Lanehouse Rocks Road junction with Chickerell Road. These will be manually controlled 7.30am-9am and 2.30pm-6pm Monday to Friday.

Business will be open as usual and drivers wanting to access the Granby Industrial Estate will need to use Chickerell Link Road.

Following the closure of Cumberland Drive the junction will operate as a T-Junction until the works are complete, this will help traffic flows in the area.

The temporary signals at Fiveways and Lanehouse will be in place until the crossings are finished in early March.

Dorset Highways project manager Emma Baker said: "We know that the temporary signals will cause delays so we will be manually controlling these at peak times Monday to Friday to try and help the flow of traffic.

"Drivers from the Portland direction, and through traffic, may find it quicker to use Wyke Road and Rodwell Road.

"We have to turn the signals off because of the nature of the work we are doing to upgrade them and install additional controlled crossing points. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause."

Councillor David Harris, Dorset County Council division member for Westham Division, said: "With the off-road cycleway finished, and these new crossing points installed, residents will have a great cycle route for work, school or leisure.

"We've been working to improve the cycle network in Weymouth and Portland, and this is a much needed link for people living or working in the west of the borough."

The cycle route is being funded by Sustrans, through the Department for Transport, and by the Local Transport Plan.

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