Horndean Roadworks Update…
There was a very productive meeting this morning with Hampshire County Council with Cllr Denston (District Councillor Hazleton Lovedean Ward) and Cllr Marge Harvey (Rowlands Castle) who is in touch with Hampshire County Council on a number of highways issues. Key outcomes below:
Easter Weekend. Gales and the roadworks contractor have taken on board requests to clear the road for Easter and worked hard in the last few weeks and today were able to confirm that the roadworks will be taken down for the 4 day Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. All going well they will be taken down on Thursday PM and we will have 4 days of free access. They will be back on Tuesday next week though.
4 Way Lights. The problem with the 4 way lights is that every time they change, the roadworks need to remain red on all lanes for about 30 seconds while the traffic clears. This means that in one cycle the roadworks remain red for 2 minutes, and this is one of the main factors in building delays. Hampshire County Council and the roadworks contractor agree they may be able to set up the roadworks with 3 way lights which will cut this down and reduce the queues a bit. A serious effort to plan this in is being made.
Manual Operation of the lights. It is a legal requirement that the lights are manually operated at times. This allows the operators to manually override the cycle of changes to clear traffic that is excessively building up. HCC are going to enforce this and ensure it is carried out. This too should reduce queues.
Mud On The Road. Linden apologise for the state of mud on the road and have assured that it will not re-occur, and that the frequency of road sweeping will increase to keep the roads and footway clear.
Potholes. Linden will repair some of the potholes today / tomorrow and HCC will also send a crew out on Friday to carry out temporary repairs to the road.
Timescales. There are another 3 weeks work with 3 (hopefully not 4) way lights. These will run up to the 22nd April while the kerb line on the South side of the roundabout is replaced, then there will be 2 way lights until the 6th May at which time the temporary lights will go. After the kerb line has been placed, the carriageway will be completely resurfaced with a new tarmac. This will need to be carried out at night, and will be disruptive for the residents and result in a diversion. Neighbours will be informed 2 weeks in advance as will the Parish and District Council and we will keep everyone informed. Unfortunately this is unavoidable, but will only last a few evenings.
In 6 weeks time the final road layout will be complete. Linden Homes will be responsible for maintaining it and handing over a defect free carriageway a year later to Hampshire County Council. This will include repairing any damage to the road during the rest of their works.
Sincere thanks to Rachael Walsh and Mark Westwood from Hampshire County Council for meeting today and following up on the issues which have been put to them in the last weeks. Keep an eye here for any updates.