Poynters Road Works From 8 July

Major maintenance works required on Poynters Road

Central Bedfordshire Council  PR 1547    17/06/2013  

Major maintenance works required on Poynters Road

Poynters Road in Dunstable needs major reconstructive maintenance work to prevent areas of the road sinking.

The work will require a full road closure, which will run for 11 weeks from 8 July. Residents and businesses in the area have been informed. Diversion routes will run along the A505 Luton Road, Church Street, Boscombe Road and Porz Avenue.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services, explained: “The underlying structure of the road is failing which is causing the road to sink in places. Resurfacing is not enough to fix the problem - top layers of the road need to be stripped back and reconstructed.”

“We completely appreciate that these works will cause disruption and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. We will do everything we can to minimise the disruption but because this is such a major route for traffic there will be congestion and delays so please do allow extra time for your journeys.”

The majority of the works will run during the school holidays when traffic is lighter and current works on the Boscombe Road/A505 junction should be completed and will help to ease traffic congestion in the area.

Cllr Spurr added: “We’ve set up a webpage, Facebook page and email address so that people can find out answers to frequently asked questions or get in contact with our dedicated Project Manager.”

“At times the work could be quite noisy as we need to reach the lower layers of the road. However, we will only carry out noisy work between 8am and 6pm Monday – Saturday.  Access to houses and businesses will be maintained, with marshals at the end of the road closures to escort residents and customers through the works. If you have any special requirements we will do all we can to accommodate these.”

While reconstruction work is going on, we will also rebuild the pavements, introduce a shared use footway and cycle path, include a new zebra crossing and upgrade the streetlights to more energy efficient and cost effective lanterns.

By rebuilding the road the end result should be a maintenance-free road for approximately 15-20 years.

Find out more at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/poyntersroad or "Poynters Road" Facebook Page.

Frequently asked questions include how carers can visit or bins be collected and where people can park.