VIRGINIA Park Road in Gosport will be closed to traffic for much of the day over the next ten weeks though there will be access for pedestrians.
From Monday, October 25, until January 3, the closure will be from 9am to 4.30pm each day except for the Christmas period.
The pavement and kerbing work to be carried out is part of Hampshire County Council’s ‘Operation Resilience’ – its long-term strategy to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and heavy traffic.
The council states that as far as possible, any significant changes to the scheduled dates will be made clear on the yellow sign boards located at the works limits.
Bridge Street, Titchfield closed
In Titchfield, Bridge Street is closed to through traffic – though there is access to Bridge Street properties via South Street – as part of the construction of the Stubbington Bypass.
Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained between South Street and Titchfield Road.
The temporary closure is for essential drainage works and will continue until the end of the month.
Diversions are in place to take traffic via the A27 Titchfield Gyratory/ Southampton Road/ St Margarets roundabout/ Warsash Road/ Common Lane/ Coach Hill/ South Street route in both directions.
The Stubbington bypass is expected to be completed in the spring of next year.
‘Appealing to people to have consideration’
Hampshire County Council is reporting that cases of abuse towards its highways staff rose by 16% in 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year despite lower traffic flows as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and resulting changes in travel behaviour.
On a typical day, 400 Hampshire Highways employees are working on Hampshire’s roads and footways, and Councillor Russell Oppenheimer – the County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations – said: “No-one should have to be subjected to abuse or threats of any kind while they are working hard to repair and maintain our highways and footways.
“Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and to return home safely, and we are appealing to people to have consideration for our frontline staff who are often working in difficult conditions.”