Substandard sound barriers to be replaced
During the monitoring of the relief road since its construction the fabric on a batch of noise fencing in the Littlemoor gap has been found to be deteriorating under UV light.
On Thursday 22 November for one week the affected panels on Littlemoor Road at the corners of Littlemoor Road Bridge will have the fabric in them replaced. Pedestrians will be directed around the works.
Work will continue on Monday 3 December for three weeks to replace fabric in the faulty fences in the Littlemoor gap. There will be two-way traffic signals from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
Dorset County Council Head of Highways Management Mike Winter said: The fabric in the sound barriers is designed to last around 20 years but it appears that there has been a batch that is substandard and the UV resistance is inadequate.
It is extremely important that we repair the deteriorating sound barriers to ensure that the noise from the road is contained as promised in our environmental mitigation of the relief road.
The fabric replacements are being carried out under the manufacturers warranty and at no cost to the county council.
The substandard panels are those that contain a black fabric the panels with a Hessian appearance are not affected.