By Connor Steel
TEMPORARY and overnight road closures have been scheduled in Gosport starting next week as Hampshire County Council announced two weeks of work on the new Stubbington Bypass, updating residents in a press release and statement on their website earlier this week.
From Monday evening (February 28) closures will occur on the B3334 Gosport Road for two working weeks until March 12 between Marks Road Stubbington and the B3385/B3334 Peel Common Roundabout. The road will be shut every night between 8pm and 5pm, being reopened each morning and no works have been planned throughout the day unless otherwise stated.
During the road closures Marks Road will only be accessible from Stubbington only, with motorists having to drive along the B3334 Titchfield Road; before following the A27 The Avenue and B3385 Newgate Late East until they reach the Peel Common Roundabout. A full and clearly signposted diversion route will be operational throughout the closures, which staff are hoping won’t be affected by weather or other factors.
Drivers are advised that no road closures will be in place between 5am on March 5 (Saturday) until 8pm on March 7 (Monday) with no weekend work planned at this stage unless any emergencies occur. The cycle path will be operational throughout and will not be affected by the road closures.
Temporary traffic management measures such as 30mph speed restrictions and lights will also be enforced around surrounding areas whilst the closures are in place, helping to maintain safety for the public and workmen. Staff will also be available to ensure accessibility to the area affected by the closures, such as emergency vehicles, pedestrians and residents whose properties are located within.
Hampshire County Council have said this work is necessary to the completion of the new Stubbington Bypass, helping to enable to enable the new and final surfaces to be provided on Gosport Road between the new roundabout junction with the bypass and the Peel Common Roundabout.
It comes as the £39 million project reaches its final stages, work starting in January 2020 after multiple meetings and public consultations. The scheme, which has been funded by the Department for Transport, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Hampshire County Council, is due to finish in the next few months; although no exact date has been confirmed.
A full PDF map of diversions can be seen here, which can also be downloaded on the Hampshire County Council website. The document can also be printed out and has been shared on social media platforms.
PICTURED BY SHUTTERSTOCK: Road closures will last two weeks from February 28