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9 June 2010, 05:31
Drivers in Weymouth are being asked to follow an extended diversion route after there was traffic chaos in the town yesterday morning.
£9 million improvement works are being carried out to replace five roundabout with "intelligent" traffic lights in time for the 2012 Olympic sailing events.
To help the flow of traffic along Lanehouse Rocks Road during the work at Harbour Roundabout, motorists are being asked to use the following route out of Portland:
Lanehouse Rocks Road – Chickerell Road – Chickerell Link Road – Granby Way
Dorset County Council Head of Highways Andy Ackerman said:
"The delays on Lanehouse Rocks Road yesterday (Tuesday) morning were unacceptable.
"The congestion in Lanehouse was largely due to the large number of vehicles trying to turn right from Lanehouse Rocks Road into Lynch Road. There is very little space at this junction and it caused vehicles to back up.
"We know the diversion route we are signing is a longer route, but it will help free up the movement of traffic through Lanehouse."
The right turn from Lanehouse Rocks Road into Lynch Road will be signed ‘No right turn except for access’, but signs will be put out to state that businesses along this road are open as usual.
The county council will continue to monitor traffic on the diversion routes and will take further action as needed.
Boot Hill is open to Southbound traffic (heading towards Portland) and Hope Square is open to two-way light local traffic.