Work will start work on footway improvements in St. Swithun Street on Monday 24th February and will last for 10 weeks.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “Looking after Hampshire’s extensive highway network, for all those who use it by foot, cycle or vehicle, is one of our top concerns. These footway works are part of our planned maintenance programme, Operation Resilience, which is a long-term strategy designed to ensure Hampshire’s highways and footway network is resilient to the impact of severe weather by using our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible. The programme uses a variety of treatments to extend the life of highways infrastructure while at the same time getting the best value for money for Hampshire’s council taxpayers.
“I would like to reassure local residents that these essential works have been carefully planned and we will do all we can to minimise disturbance and disruption.
The works will be undertaken in two phases.
Phase 1 - Southgate Street to St. Thomas Street
The first phase of the works will start on Monday 24th February and is expected to take seven to eight weeks to complete. St. Swithun Street will be closed to through traffic between 9:30 am and 4.00 pm each weekday and open at all other times. The road will be closed using signs and barriers and Hampshire Highways staff will be located at either end of the closure to move barriers for access-only purposes.
Should residents require vehicular access it is important that they follow instructions from the operatives on site when driving through the works area. The workforce will also be able to advise pedestrians where it is safe to walk while the works are underway.
Phase 2 - St. Thomas Street to Symonds Street
The second phase of works is currently programmed to start on Thursday 9th April and is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. St. Swithun Street will again be closed between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm each weekday and open at all other times. To maintain vehicular access for small vehicles only, the one-way restrictions on St. Thomas Street, Minster Lane and Symonds Street will be relaxed to allow traffic to run in each direction. Temporary traffic lights will be erected at the junction of Symonds Street and Minster Lane, and several parking bays will be suspended in St Thomas Street and Symonds Street to accommodate this change.
Residents with Zone S permits will be permitted to park in the adjoining Zone C for the duration of the works if they cannot find an alternative parking place in their own zone.
Between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm no goods vehicles will be permitted in St Swithun Street. All deliveries and collections should be arranged to take place outside of these working hours.
The above timescales are all weather dependent and any significant changes to the scheduled dates and phasing will be made clear on the yellow sign boards located on site.