Temporary road built in Winchester to combat flood problems

Temporary road built in Winchester to combat flood problems

Hampshire County Council took action to reopen Andover Road North, which has been closed since February 8, and have built a temporary road in time for today's rush hour commuters

Hampshire County Council took action to reopen Andover Road North, which has been closed since February 8, and have built a temporary road in time for today's rush hour commuters

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GROUND-BREAKING works have been carried out on one of Winchester’s busiest roads to alleviate flooding.

Hampshire County Council took action to reopen Andover Road North, which has been closed since February 8, and have built a temporary road in time for today's rush hour commuters (February 17).

Over the weekend highways engineers worked to erect a temporary elevated carriageway near the army barracks to enable traffic to travel on one lane of the northbound dual carriageway and relieve the pressure on other roads going out of Winchester.

The already-congested streets throughout Winchester have been aggravated by the torrential rain, storms and rising flood waters.

Cllr Seán Woodward, executive member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “On an average day, 6000 vehicles travel northbound on the Andover Road. Its closure has obviously led to increased traffic congestion and we were concerned that the city could become gridlocked if other routes in and out of Winchester were to become similarly affected. The solution we have come up with is the construction of a temporary elevated carriageway.

“This has involved using 68 concrete barriers to retain 160 tonnes of 40mm stones and a further 160 tonnes of crushed concrete, finished off with over 500 square metres of tarmac.

“It is a solution we have used successfully before in the county, 14 years ago, to keep traffic moving on the A31 at Ropley. I am pleased to say that every effort was made to get this built as soon as possible in time for the Monday evening rush hour. The elevated carriageway should ensure that the road can remain open to single file traffic even though water levels may fluctuate.”

A diversion has been in place using the B3049 Stockbridge Road since the closure.

Meanwhile, some residents may have seen the worst of this winter’s floods after water levels fell dramatically in the city centre.

Residents in Water Lane and Park Avenue reported a huge reduction in water levels that up until now have plagued the streets causing some people to endlessly pump water from their houses.

Dan Noakes, 30, of Water Lane, said: “We are still living upstairs and have taken the opportunity to redecorate downstairs whilst it’s empty.

“The water level in the river has dropped by about 20-30cm. The groundwater in the road is still coming up and if we didn’t have a pump on it will fill up in an hour and a half to two hours.

“I think the immediate threat has subsided. Whatever they have done by Easton seems to have worked.”

Jon Darlow, 40, of Water Lane, said: “Things are looking promising! I actually managed to walk out of my house this morning without worrying. It’s absolutely fine now, it looks like it’s all back to normal.”

Sue Dipper, 53, of Water Lane, said: “We are doing absolutely fine. The authorities have done an amazing job and I don’t think they could have done any better. I think we are over the worst of it.

“Whatever they have done in Winchester, they should take that plan to other towns because it is clearly working.”

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9:19am Tue 18 Feb 14

Matreece says...

They've done this to relieve the pressure on other roads going out of Winchester.

Whats going to happen to relieve pressure when they build on Barton Farm just half a mile up the road? Build a flyover?
They've done this to relieve the pressure on other roads going out of Winchester. Whats going to happen to relieve pressure when they build on Barton Farm just half a mile up the road? Build a flyover? Matreece
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6:43pm Tue 18 Feb 14

winchres says...

Yes I wondered about that. I picked a relative up from Winchester Railway Station. OK getting there but coming back I thought I was going to be re- directed through a village but went all the way to Stockbridge, and back, I did have a full tank of petrol. But it took me an hour out of my way. I do believe we are over developed, too much concrete. Good for greedy developers but not good for the rest of us.
Yes I wondered about that. I picked a relative up from Winchester Railway Station. OK getting there but coming back I thought I was going to be re- directed through a village but went all the way to Stockbridge, and back, I did have a full tank of petrol. But it took me an hour out of my way. I do believe we are over developed, too much concrete. Good for greedy developers but not good for the rest of us. winchres
  • Score: 3

9:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

more-common-sense says...

I agree that some sort of solution was required, but seeing as the city bound 'side' of the road is wide enough for two way traffic, wouldn't it have been a) simpler b) quicker and c) cheaper to have used cones and signs and turned this side of the road in to two way traffic?
I agree that some sort of solution was required, but seeing as the city bound 'side' of the road is wide enough for two way traffic, wouldn't it have been a) simpler b) quicker and c) cheaper to have used cones and signs and turned this side of the road in to two way traffic? more-common-sense
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10:29am Wed 19 Feb 14

Yves1977 says...

more-common-sense wrote:
I agree that some sort of solution was required, but seeing as the city bound 'side' of the road is wide enough for two way traffic, wouldn't it have been a) simpler b) quicker and c) cheaper to have used cones and signs and turned this side of the road in to two way traffic?
bit dangerous
[quote][p][bold]more-common-sense[/bold] wrote: I agree that some sort of solution was required, but seeing as the city bound 'side' of the road is wide enough for two way traffic, wouldn't it have been a) simpler b) quicker and c) cheaper to have used cones and signs and turned this side of the road in to two way traffic?[/p][/quote]bit dangerous Yves1977
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6:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

campfreddie says...

Yves1977 wrote:
more-common-sense wrote:
I agree that some sort of solution was required, but seeing as the city bound 'side' of the road is wide enough for two way traffic, wouldn't it have been a) simpler b) quicker and c) cheaper to have used cones and signs and turned this side of the road in to two way traffic?
bit dangerous
Get building!!!

I think that was one of Yves1977's quotes about Barton Farm.
[quote][p][bold]Yves1977[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]more-common-sense[/bold] wrote: I agree that some sort of solution was required, but seeing as the city bound 'side' of the road is wide enough for two way traffic, wouldn't it have been a) simpler b) quicker and c) cheaper to have used cones and signs and turned this side of the road in to two way traffic?[/p][/quote]bit dangerous[/p][/quote]Get building!!! I think that was one of Yves1977's quotes about Barton Farm. campfreddie
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1:31pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Sting like a bee says...

Thank you, the temporary measure makes live much easier at the moment.
Thank you, the temporary measure makes live much easier at the moment. Sting like a bee
  • Score: 3

6:45pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Eastleigh Bloke says...

Wouldn't it have been quicker and cheaper to pump the water into the fields adjacent to Andover Road? That's where all the water is ending up anyway.
Wouldn't it have been quicker and cheaper to pump the water into the fields adjacent to Andover Road? That's where all the water is ending up anyway. Eastleigh Bloke
  • Score: 1

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