Road to recovery – Hampshire County Council ensures Hampshire’s roads are safe and maintained during Coronavirus lockdown

Hampshire’s highways teams will soon be out across the county again to deliver a range of work including the resurfacing of roads and footways, and also drainage schemes to make Hampshire’s road network more resilient

May 1 2020

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We are looking to increase the amount of planned  highways maintenance carried out now that the supply chain is starting up again, and new processes and procedures are in place to protect the workforce and residents.
“Now we have confidence that effective social distancing can be achieved, we aim to use this quiet time on the roads to carry out more maintenance work, ready for when businesses and schools open up again. Our commitment to safe working remains, and I want to reassure Hampshire’s residents and business that we will do all we can to ensure the roads are ready for their return.”
 
All highways maintenance work on Hampshire’s roads is carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operation Procedures, which is based on Public Health England guidance.
 
Cllr Humby added: “Looking after Hampshire’s network of over 5,500 miles of road is one of our top priorities. Our planned maintenance programme, Operation Resilience, is a long-term strategy designed to ensure Hampshire’s road network is more resilient to the impact of heavy traffic and weather. We experienced a very wet and stormy winter earlier this year, which caused additional deterioration to the road surfaces and damage to drainage systems so there’s a significant job to be done to repair this. We estimate the damage will cost in the region of £12-15 million to restore the roads just to the state they were in before the winter.”
 
Hampshire County Council invests an additional £10 million each year in Operation Resilience and. for this financial year an additional £5 million of investment has also been agreed to ensure more sites can be treated.
 
Some of the first schemes scheduled to start across Hampshire’s districts over the coming weeks include:
 

Basingstoke and Dean
Down Street, Dummer: Drainage scheme to alleviate surface water flooding on the road.  A full road closure is required for the works close to the Queen public house.

Roentgen Road, Basingstoke: Drainage scheme to alleviate surface water on the roads adjacent to an industrial park which is currently experiencing significantly reduced traffic volumes.

Milkingpen Lane, Basingstoke: Drainage scheme to alleviate surface water during a time of significantly reduced traffic volumes.  These works will require a 24 hour road closure.

Berrydown Lane, Ellisfield, near Basingstoke: Drainage scheme to alleviate surface water on the roads following support from Ellisfield Parish Council in carrying out extensive site clearance.  This scheme involves some road closures and temporary traffic lights during weekday working hours. 

East Hampshire
School Road, Rowledge, near Farnham:  A completion of a scheme to improve
the footway outside Rowledge Church of England School. Undertaking these
works now will reduce disruption going forward. Works are due to be complete in
another six weeks and will involve a full road closure.

Fareham
Newgate Lane, Fareham: Completion of a drainage scheme 

Hart
Rosemary Lane, Blackwater: A full road closure is needed to carry out this drainage Scheme to alleviate surface water on the roads. 
 

New Forest
Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst: Completion of a footway scheme –in close proximity to many businesses, including pubs, cafes/restaurants and Brokenhurst College – all of which are currently closed.
Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge:  A completion of a scheme to improve the footway and minimise disruption to businesses and residents while a full road closure is needed. Works should be completed in around five weeks.

 
Test Valley
Duttons Road, Romsey: Drainage scheme to alleviate surface water on the road and try to prevent flooding. This is in close proximity to businesses so doing the work now will have less future impact on businesses and local traffic. Works to last for around six weeks.
 
Winchester
St. Swithuns Street, Winchester: A completion of a scheme to improve the footway and minimise disruption to businesses and residents while a full road closure is needed during weekdays.

College Street, and College Walk, Winchester: This is a scheme to upgrade the footway directly outside Winchester College, The Pilgrims’ School, and a number of local businesses. Works will take around 10 weeks and will need a road closure. 

A31 Winchester Road, Ropley: Drainage scheme to alleviate surface water flooding.  Temporary traffic lights will be in place for part of the scheme and a road closure on Gascoigne Lane for approximately two weeks during weekdays.

Cheriton Road, Winchester Footway scheme - This is a scheme to upgrade the footway in a residential area and outside of The Westgate School. The work will take around 16 weeks to complete and will need a road closure.

 
Hampshire residents can find out more about roadworks taking place in Hampshire by Hampshire Highways, as well as work by utility companies, at: www.roadworks.org 
 
Hampshire residents are encouraged to report potholes and road defects direct to the County Council at: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems
 
Details of Hampshire County Council’s Operation Resilience planned maintenance programme is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/plannedmaintenance