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A3023 Langstone Road resurfacing works

Tuesday, 03 September 2013

A worn out section of Langstone Road is to be reconstructed as part of Hampshire County Council's continued long term strategy to make the county's roads more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and increasingly heavy traffic.

Ideally, to carry out these works the road would be closed but the County Council is well aware of the importance of the road and has therefore reviewed its working methods to leave the road open at all times. In order to minimise disruption as much as possible to the travelling public, the work will be carried out at night with temporary traffic signals

The essential works will see a section of the road reconstructed and resurfaced from the northern end of the bridge to a point just north of the Mill Lane junction, as part of Operation Resilience. The works are set to start on 30 September 2013 for 8 nights (weather permitting) and will take place overnight between 22:00hrs and 06:00hrs.

To carry out these overnight works and maintain safety for the highway users and workforce, it will be necessary to use temporary traffic signals along with the use of convoy vehicles to keep the speed of the traffic passing the working site to a maximum of 10mph. This will inevitably cause some disruption to traffic during the works and signs will be erected warning of delays. Priority access will be maintained for emergency vehicles. The road will be open each day and weekends without traffic signals.

Advanced warning signs will be erected prior to the start, with large electronic VMS signs to be erected 3 weeks prior to the start advising of the proposals, details are on the Council's website and there will also be a letter drop.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: "There is never a good time to carry out works on a key route such as Langstone Road, but by keeping the road open and carrying out the works over night we have sought to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum. I ask residents and businesses to bear with us while we carry out this essential maintenance work.

"Good roads and pavements are vital not only for quality of life here in Hampshire but also for the county's economic progress and prosperity. Operation Resilience has a budget of £22 million for 2013-14 and is the County Council's planned maintenance strategy to strengthen Hampshire's roads, to make them more resilient to extremes in weather and increased volumes of traffic and remain in good condition for longer."

Operation Resilience has resulted in around 120 miles of Hampshire's road network - the equivalent of driving from Winchester to Cambridge - and 20 miles of footway receiving a new surface treatment or being resurfaced in 2013, in addition to completion of 40 separate schemes to improve highways drainage and footways across the county. The programme is run by a team comprising staff from Hampshire County Council, Amey and Tarmac.

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