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road closure closed signA popular local link road near Shaftesbury will be closing for two weeks while it is reconstructed by Dorset Highways.

Coles Lane, which is a popular cut through for local traffic and delivery vehicles travelling between the A30 Sherborne Causeway and Guys Marsh, will be closed along its entire length from Monday 10 May to Friday 19 May.

Due to the type of reconstruction being carried out, the road will remain closed overnight and throughout the weekend.

Dorset Highways contractor Stabilised Pavements Ltd will be carrying out deep in-situ recycling to strengthen the failing road. This process involves simultaneously pulverising the existing carriageway and mixing it with cement to create a hydraulically bound material.

This method is done on site and recycles the existing material of the road back into a strong foundation layer, which will then be surfaced by Hanson Contracting, the highway service’s strategic partner.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:  ‘Our engineers work hard to identify the best repair method for the damage evidenced within the carriageway, ensuring an efficient use of funds and a reduction in the raw materials used.

‘I’m sorry for the inconvenience this work will cause to local workers and residents – please plan ahead and use a suitable alternative route for your journeys while we carry out these crucial repairs.’

A 743m length of road is being reconstructed (around 4,532m²) with roughly 2,584tonnes of material being recycled back into the road.

Last year, more than 10 per cent of all surfacing material laid on Dorset Council’s network was recycled.

During the works there will be a signed diversion in place directing traffic via the A30, B3092, B3091 and vice versa.

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3 Comments

  1. Edwin Williams
    7 May 2021 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Councillor Ray Bryan should hang his head in shame. This particular road has required remedial works for years. So why now? Well the Lodden development is imminent and a more cynical move by this Council could not have happened.

    Couple this with the debacle which is the Gillingham Station Road Junction “improvement” where cars from Asda, Pets at home and the Factory Shop all pour out onto a piece of highway real estate that is only big enough eight cars because of a big yellow box and no entry into the top end of Station Road. Pathetic.

  2. Clive Thornborough
    18 May 2021 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    It’s my belief that Cole Street Lane is being made good in preparation for traffic to use for the start of the Southern Extension Relief road on the A3081 adjacent to the Aldi store in Gillingham.

  3. Clive Thornborough
    18 May 2021 at 5:04 pm — Reply

    I would imagine that Cole Street Lane is being strengthened to allow heavy vehicles to access the Southern Extention Road construction about to commence adjacent to the Aldi store on the A3081 at Gillingham.

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