Fareham drivers in road closure warning

By Connor Steel

DRIVERS have been warned of overnight closures on a key Fareham route later this month as Hampshire County Council continue their annual programme of work undertaken by Operation Resilience, a long term strategy to ensure roads and carriageways are maintained for residents in the case of extreme weather and heavy traffic

It has been confirmed that Hampshire Highways will be undertaking surface repairs on the A32 Wallington Way, Fareham; between the Delme Roundabout and Broadcut (by Sainsburys) over the next two weeks. This is being completed in preparation for a proposed surface treatment, which if undertaken, will be carried out in a future programme at a later date yet to be confirmed.

Road closures of the route are due to take place in two varying stages with all closures expected to start at 8pm and finish at 6am each morning. The first is scheduled to be just one night on May 12 (next Thursday) to allow patching to be done, whilst crack seal work will be carried out for three evenings from May 16 (Monday) to May 19 (Thursday)  before reopening 24/7 as normal for drivers.

Whilst this work is carried out the road will be closed to vehicles throughout the times listed above, although access for residents and businesses will be maintained wherever possible. Pedestrian access will always be available as no foot paths will be closed as a result of this repair operation.

Anybody needing to make journeys during the works have been advised to allow extra time to allow for any hold-ups, with operatives stationed throughout the site able to assist either by directing drivers via the signed diversion or through the works via the safest route possible.

Hampshire County Council have apologised for any disruption caused by these works and for any noise issues caused for local residents, with more information available to read on their website or via social media platforms. Any changes to the original schedule due to unforeseen circumstances or weather will furthermore be communicated to residents and commuters as soon as possible.

Current work being carried out under Operation Resilience include the ongoing closure of a footpath between Little Anglesey Road and Clayhall Road (Gosport) to allow excavation for improved sea defence structures, whilst traffic controls are still in place on Broom Way as work continues to open the Stubbington Bypass before the summer. And between May 17-19 Titchfield Road will see traffic controls, but no road closures, for maintenance work, whilst any required emergency work continues to be regularly monitored.

PICTURED BY SHUTTERSTOCK: Key road in Fareham will close overnight during May as work is done.