CHANGES are underway at Weymouth Harbor as Dorset Council prepares to make permanent changes to the route of the road – but details of the new traffic arrangements have yet to be revealed.
Starting Monday, October 4, the council’s highway crews will begin working along Custom House Quay as part of a series of changes aimed at improving the area for hotel businesses and making the port more family-friendly. .
The town also wants to encourage active travel, with a counter-current cycle path proposed along the quay, in connection with the Esplanade and Weymouth station.
Question mark on traffic plans
However, a decision has yet to be made on the traffic arrangements – an announcement on it, and the bike path, is expected next Thursday when the council planning committee votes on a traffic regulation order (TRO ).
Meanwhile, a decision on the future of the railings around Weymouth Harbor will be made by councilors later this year.
The council previously said the guardrails were a temporary solution that would remain in place until after the summer season, after which input from residents and users of the port would be solicited on future safety arrangements.
The initial phase of road works at Custom House Quay will see freeway crews improve drainage and install the final road surface after the disused railway is removed.
“An exciting time for Weymouth”
Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: âWe always plan to return to Custom House Quay in early October, after the peak tourist season, to do the drainage and surfacing work. final for the track removal project. .
âWe are awaiting the decisions of the TRO for the visual layout of the road, to confirm where the harbor edge should pass. The decision on the bike path does not affect the design of this side of the road.
He added: ‘These are exciting times for Weymouth, with work also due to start at the station on 18 October, subject to a planning agreement. The many partners who helped shape the plans hope the work will improve the experience for all station users and bring benefits to residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.
Chronology of work
Work along Custom House Quay will be carried out in the same manner as when removing disused tracks – the road being closed in sections to provide a safe working area while keeping as much access as possible along the road. road.
The work will be carried out in the following sections:
* From October 4 to October 30, road closed between St Mary Street and Maiden Street
* From November 1 to December 11, road closed between Maiden Street and East Street
* From January 3 to February 5, road closed between East Street and South Parade
* From February 7 to March 5, road closed between South Parade and Pilgrims Way
* From March 7 to April 9, road closed from Pilgrims Way to Esplanade
The work in each area:
* Remove the existing border (building side) and install drainage pipes, gullies and connections
* Install a new curb and remove the pavement slabs
* Lay new slabs
* Install a new road edge to mark a wider sidewalk on the harbor side of the causeway
The final pavement will be finished in March, along with the printing of the road and sidewalk.