Following a successful bid for government funding, work will soon get underway to implement proposed improvements to the Asda Roundabout in Havant.
Hampshire County Council was awarded £3.7 million towards the estimated total cost of £5.884 million to improve the roundabout at Purbrook Way and Hulbert Road to ease congestion and keep traffic moving.
At his decision day on Tuesday March 4, Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, approved procurement and spending on contractual arrangements necessary to implement the proposed improvements.
Cllr Woodward said: "One of the key challenges for economic growth is to ensure high quality transport links for businesses to enable existing firms to expand and to attract new organisations to the area. These improvements at the roundabout will help unlock economic growth potential by supporting the new Dunsbury Hill Farm development, reducing congestion and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The roundabout will remain open during the construction work. We will plan all works to minimise disruption, and information will be updated regularly so people can plan their journeys."
Asda roundabout currently experiences significant congestion, particularly in peak times, impacting on the effective operation and performance of local businesses in the area.
With the proposed new employment development at Dunsbury Hill Farm and major mixed use development underway at Waterlooville traffic is set to increase.
The roundabout would provide one of the main junctions on the road network facilitating traffic movements to these new development sites.
The scheme aims to reduce the impacts of the increased traffic volume and involves significantly increasing the size of the junction along with the introduction of traffic signal control on two approach roads to the roundabout. The Purbrook Way approach from the A3(M) will be upgraded to two lanes in each direction. The scheme also includes the provision of safe pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities and improvements at the Park House Farm Way junction.
A public exhibition is planned for early Summer 2014 when the design of the new road layout is finalised and a construction programme is available.
Construction of the scheme is planned to start in September 2014 and be completed by October 2015. In advance of the main works, vegetation clearance will start in the week beginning 10 March. This will be followed later by ecological and traffic surveys, as well as public utility works.