Coast Road Closures : Press Release from Dorset County Council

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PR 2737       04 March 2011    For Immediate Release

Closures and speed limit change for safety improvements on B3157 coast road

Three sections of the B3157 coast road will be closed during March and April to enable Dorset County Council to carry out safety enhancement and resurfacing work:

•           Between Wednesday, 16 March and Friday, 25 March, West Street in Abbotsbury will be closed for 850 metres between the junction with Back Street and the bottom of Abbotsbury Hill.

•           Then, between Monday, 28 March and Friday, 1 April, the B3157 will be closed west of Portesham at the junction to West Elworth Farm for a distance of approximately 250 metres.

•           Finally, between Monday, 4 April and Friday, 8 April, High Street, Burton Bradstock will be closed from its junction with Mill Street southward to the bend by the petrol station.

These closures will be in place week days only between 8.45am and 3.30pm.

Work has been timed around bus timetables and to avoid school holidays.  Local businesses will remain open as usual.

An alternative route to avoid the complete area of works will be signposted using the A35 between Bridport and Dorchester, the A354 towards Weymouth and the Chickerell Link Road to the junction with the B3157.

The enhancements are being made as part of the B3157 Road Safety Partnership Project. They include gateway features and coloured surfacing at entrances to villages, improvements to pedestrian safety and improving sight lines and adding anti-skid surfacing at bends.

The county council is also taking the opportunity of these works to carry out much needed resurfacing.

Also as part of the project, on Friday, 11 March a new 50mph speed limit will come into force on the B3157 between Chickerell and Portesham.

ENDS

Notes for editors

1. The B3157 Road Safety Partnership includes Dorset County Council, Dorset Police, the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and representatives of local district, town and parish councils. The project has a budget of £1 million, including a £500,000 grant from the Department for Transport, to find innovative ways to reduce casualties along the B3157. For more information, visit: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/b3157coastroad

2. The project is guided by the Dorset Rural Roads Protocol, the county council’s adopted policy on managing its rural highways in the context of the local environment. For more information, visit: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/ruralroads

Issued By:

Michael Carhart-Harris, Public Relations Officer

Tel: 01305 225065

Email: m.carhart-harris@dorsetcc.gov.uk

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