A main road through a seaside town will be closed for several weeks to repair a damaged building that has been repeatedly hit and replace traffic lights.
The Lyme Regis Town Council and Dorset Town Council Motorway Service will close the A3052 Church Street / Bridge Street in Lyme Regis to allow for signal replacement and also to allow City Council to make repairs to the Guildhall.
The Grade II listed Guildhall overlooks the causeway and the porthole has been hit at least six to eight times in the past 24 months and “is in desperate need of repair”, a Dorset Council spokesperson said.
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Dorset Highways shuttle traffic lights have reached the end of their useful life and under-road wiring, poles and signal heads need to be replaced.
Due to the narrowness of the road, the location of the work and the space required for the Guildhall scaffolding, a road closure is required to carry out road repairs and maintenance.
The road will be closed between Monmouth Road and Cobb Gate Car Park from Tuesday January 4 to Friday February 18.
A 14.9 mile detour route will be signposted and will lead motorists on the A3052, A358 and A35. There are other unofficial routes and shorter routes to bypass the road closure.
Councilor Ray Bryan, portfolio holder for highways, travel and the environment, said: “Working together under a single road closure for both projects will minimize considerable inconvenience to residents, and we have also carefully considered the schedule for this work – with traffic flows generally at their lowest at the start of the year.
“As part of the signal replacement, we are installing surface detection equipment that will be easier to maintain and should eliminate the need for a road closure for any future work on the signals. “
Pedestrian access will also be limited during the works, with access to the north carriageway only during the road closure.
Buildings on the south side will have pedestrian access from the Cobb Gate car park via the steps and back access to the Museum, Guildhall Town Hall, Candy Shop and Marine Theater.
Arrangements are being made to ensure continued waste collection and bus companies will provide service via an alternative route.
First Bus will apply a revised schedule similar to what usually happens during road closures in the region.
The revised municipal bus service / schedule covers most of the city and continues to bring students to Woodroffe School.
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