Commuters Out of Dorchester Warned of Travel Disruption
7:41am 14th January 2013
Commuters from Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland who work across the county toward Poole, are being warned of major roadwork's.
The westbound carriageway on the A35 Upton bypass is closed at peak times from today (Monday 14th January) for 5 weeks.
Normally up to 800 cars flood the busy road with people driving home from work back toward Dorchester.
Dorset County Council is urging motorists to avoid the area at peak time and find alternative routes. They say if drivers choose not to change their travel behaviour, there will be a tail-back of several miles and delays of up to an hour.
The suggested route for drivers wishing to avoid the congestion is A349 Gravel Hill up to the Merley Roundabout onto the A31.
From Monday 18 February, work will move to the central support columns of the bridge and the central reservation. This will close the eastbound and westbound outside lanes for five weeks.
Full details of the traffic management in the area can be found here.