The Avenue - the last stages of work ...

This week (w/c 25th May) the contractors will be finishing the tactile paving and making changes to some cable ducts for the new street lighting. This will require use of temporary lights and reducing traffic to ‘single file’ in places. The 14 new street light columns and 4 illuminated street signs will be installed by the lighting service contractor GTC, during week commencing 1st June. Once the lights are in place the wearing course (final top layer of tarmac) for the footpaths will be laid w/c 8th June.

The wearing course along the length of the road has been arranged to start following completion of the street lighting and pavements etc. The main section of the road will be completed over two days – Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th June.

This work will be done in two stages – in keeping with the original Phase 1 (section from Pumphouse Way mini roundabout to Dinwoodie Avenue) and Phase 2 (Dinwoodie Avenue to the maternity block access road). In other words, during these two days the road will again be closed as a through road with appropriate traffic signs as used previously.

The final section of road (the section covered by the previous Phase 3-5) i.e. up to the Lodge building, is potentially the most disruptive and therefore the surfacing contractor will carry out this work on Friday night (19th) from 7pm onwards.

M3 Junction 6 Black Dam Improvement planned weekend closures

 Please be aware that Highways England will be closing the M3 Spur northbound, from junction 6 to the Black Dam roundabout, and reducing the Black Dam roundabout to a single lane over two full weekend closures in June.  This will allow the construction of a new splitter island at the northern point of the M3 Spur.

The work will take place from:

  • 10pm on Friday 19 June until 5.30am on Monday 22 June

and

  • 10pm on Friday 26 June until 5.30am on Monday 29 June

At this time, road users will be advised to use Junctions 7 or 5 as an alternative route into Basingstoke.

Work is progressing well on-site, with construction of the northbound carriageway through the existing roundabout underway.  However, we currently expect the work to be completed in October, due to delays in the relocation of a gas main and other utilities within the extents of the work site.

Construction of the northbound carriageway through the roundabout has now begun.

Please allow additional time for any journey across the Black Dam roundabout while these works take place.

Details of this project are available on the Highways England website:

 

 

A340 / The Avenue Junction Improvements

Look out for the changes that have already started with tree clearance at A340 exit of Park Prewett Road. Once the Taylor Wimpey work to the road is complete there will be a major set of works here. The main features of this are:

  • Extended dualling of the A340 Aldermaston Road towards the ambulance station
  • Introduce traffic light controls at Park Prewett Road / Lodge Junction
  • Priestley Road junction improvements
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle connections with the town centre and crossing facilities

Full details, including an illustrated guide can be found here: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/a340-aldermaston-road-improvements

 

The Avenue/Park Prewett Road - Commencement of Phase 2 Works

Hope and Clay - Taylor Wimpey’s highway contractor for The Avenue works - will commence the Phase 2 works of the Avenue/Park Prewett Road this coming Monday 26th Jan 2015. This means that The Avenue will be closed to all traffic heading east out of Dinwoodie Drive/Basingstoke Hospital. 

Traffic exiting from Dinwoodie Drive must turn left onto The Avenue and exit Limes Park via Rooksdown Avenue onto the A339. Diverted traffic signs will be erected prior to the works commencing, to ensure those leaving take the most direct route. Obviously the A339/Kingsclere Road roundabout is already congested at peak hours in the morning and unfortunately for the Phase 2 work period (next 4-5 weeks) is likely to come under more pressure in the evening as well. If road users can be encouraged to stagger their journeys this may help. 

Fortunately Basingstoke Hospital have advised that for the period of Phase 2 they will be re-directing their staff and visitors using the main car park, to exit via the main entrance. For the period of the Phase 2 works, anyone using the main car park can leave the site either via Dinwoodie Drive (west) or via a new route out under the MRI Block walkway and out via the main entrance (east). This will remove some of the traffic from exiting the site via The Avenue. Paul Bond at the Hospital Trust has confirmed that the temporary exit route has been ‘signed’ and the new route publicised to all staff.

Please also see the Hope and Clay website for more details on Phasing and programme – the link is here: http://www.s278.biz

New borough councillor

The Chairman and Councillors of Rooksdown Parish Council would like to offer sincere congratulations to one of our valued Parish Councillors, Simon Bound, following his election as borough councillor for Rooksdown Ward. We wish him all the best.

Morning Traffic Congestion

A number of people have raised concerns regarding the Traffic Congestion in the mornings following the start of works to improve the Aldermaston road and exit on that side of the estate. We have passed on some complaints and received a reply from the Deputy Director of Transport at Hampshire County Council:

To summarise, the main issue is the volume of traffic leaving the Park Prewett estate via the A339 roundabout, now being the only exit. Following a site visit by my engine...er during the day it is evident that the congestion is only an issue in the morning, with little or no traffic being held up during the day.

I will instruct my engineer to liaise with Taylor Wimpey to discuss the morning congestion and determine whether there are any available traffic management solutions that might ease the problem. I will also ask the engineer to keep you updated.