Ridgeway cycleway works

Posted on 24 October 2012 by Dorset County Council

A popular section of cycleway on Ridgeway Hill in Weymouth is to be upgraded.

From Monday 29 October, for two weeks, Dorset County Council will be working on the stretch of cycleway between the Bincombe Junction and the Ridgeway Bridge to replace the existing chalk strip with a paved surface.

The verge drainage will also be improved.

Dorset Highways has monitored the route as part of the Weymouth Relief Road post-project assessment, and taken on board comments received from users of the cycleway, and the surface has been found to be deteriorating.

Cyclists will still be able to use the route with care, but there may be some disruption Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve Says:

    That’s great news that some work is being done on this section of the cycle way. Can I just ask, what was the original idea behind the strip of chalk where the tarmac was ripped up, and the narrow tarmac path to the side? I can’t see why that was ever done. Also, recently a white lines have recently been painted down the middle of the cycle path but no signs actually say what it is for, or who should use which side!

    Many thanks

  2. Dorset County Council Says:

    Hi Steve,

    To help offset the visual impacts of the Weymouth Relief Road through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we aimed to reduce the prominence of the old road.

    This was partly done by reducing the three lane width and it was hoped that the chalk strip would grass over to help break up the visual width (with agricultural traffic straddling the grass strip leaving sufficient space for other users).

    Unfortunately the amount of over running of the chalk strip has meant that the grass has not grown, and parts have been worn out by water running down the road.

    During our upgrading work, signs will be erected directing cyclists to keep to the left. Agricultural traffic will typically use the west side of the road except when passing cyclists and walkers going up the hill.

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