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Operation Resilience to go to work in Liphook

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Operation Resilience will be setting its sights on roads and pavements in Liphook, in July 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.

Between 29 July and 15 September 2013, the County Council will be carrying out extensive work to improve drains, renew footways and resurface a number of roads in the centre of the town.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: "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. I appreciate that these road works will cause some disruption and inconvenience, and I ask residents and businesses to bear with us while we carry out this essential maintenance work. We will do all we can to minimise this and ensure access to shops and businesses is maintained so that Liphook remains open for business as usual.

"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."

While work is underway, there will be a series of road closures in place but consideration has been given to the timing of these in order to keep disruption to a minimum.

The planned road closures for drainage and footways works are:

Headley Road 29th July to 6th August 09:00-16:30
Liphook Square 7th to 11th August 24hrs
Haslemere Road 12th to17th August 09:00-16:30
Midhurst Road 19th to 30th August 09:00-16:30
Portsmouth Road 31st August to13th September 09:00-16:30

The planned, weekend and overnight road closures for carriageway resurfacing works are: 6th to 8th September and 13th to 15th September.

Diversion plans will be available on the County Council's website.

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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