Coast road to close at Abbotsbury for three months

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THE Weymouth to Bridport coast road will be closed at Abbotsbury from next Monday for up to three months for water main works.

Wessex Water will be replacing the main, which has burst around 30 times in the last 15 years and is in urgent need of replacement.

The work in West Street, Market Street and Rodden Row will mean a lengthy diversion via the A354 and A35.

Wessex Water will provide a shuttle bus service to ensure residents remain connected to the village, including a separate shuttle bus which will run to and from the Sub Tropical Gardens.

Wessex Water design engineer Alan Marler, said they were committed to completing the work in a way that keeps disruption to a minimum.

He said: “We have worked closely with residents and traders and have listened to their concerns. We hope the buses we are providing will help reduce the amount of disruption caused throughout the work.“It is important that people continue to support local traders while our work takes place as all businesses and services will be accessible and open as normal.”

To complete the work quickly Wessex Water will be using “no-dig” techniques, where possible, which will reduce the number of excavations that need to be made in the highway. Mr Marler added: “These techniques will reduce the number of excavations we need to make therefore causing less disruption to local people. We will be doing everything we can to finish the work as quickly as possible.”

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1:52pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Micke12 says...

How on earth are they going to try to do as little digging as possible.

As far as I am aware, all of the water main is under the ground, so this has to mean digging up the area totally if they are going to replace the whole main - the only way that they could get away with not digging the whole lot up is if they are just going to replace certain bits of it. But if the main is as old as I think it is, then it is time to replace the whole thing in one go and not do it piecemeal. Unless, of course, they are just going to put a new lining inside the current pipework. But if the current mains pipe is as damaged as it seems, then this idea seems a bit hit and miss as the old pipework might compress enough in the near future to split the new lining pipe.

Best plan would be to dig the lt up at one go, then replace the whole thing en-masse, thereby saving money and time in the future having to repair damage and burst mains pipes in the future.
How on earth are they going to try to do as little digging as possible. As far as I am aware, all of the water main is under the ground, so this has to mean digging up the area totally if they are going to replace the whole main - the only way that they could get away with not digging the whole lot up is if they are just going to replace certain bits of it. But if the main is as old as I think it is, then it is time to replace the whole thing in one go and not do it piecemeal. Unless, of course, they are just going to put a new lining inside the current pipework. But if the current mains pipe is as damaged as it seems, then this idea seems a bit hit and miss as the old pipework might compress enough in the near future to split the new lining pipe. Best plan would be to dig the lt up at one go, then replace the whole thing en-masse, thereby saving money and time in the future having to repair damage and burst mains pipes in the future. Micke12

5:56pm Tue 31 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Oh Dear,
What a mess! LOL
Oh Dear, What a mess! LOL westbaywonder

7:46am Wed 1 Jan 14

popsiebabes says...

Just love reading the "experts" view of the forthcoming Abbotsbury work. Take it you are sitting snug in your armchair as you write the bilge.
Just love reading the "experts" view of the forthcoming Abbotsbury work. Take it you are sitting snug in your armchair as you write the bilge. popsiebabes

8:32am Wed 1 Jan 14

Micke12 says...

popsiebabes wrote:
Just love reading the "experts" view of the forthcoming Abbotsbury work. Take it you are sitting snug in your armchair as you write the bilge.
Please explain this comment. No where in these comments has anyone said they were experts or as you say, 'experts'. It just seems to me that the only way to replace a pipe that is well over 40 years old is to replace the whole thing, and whilst they could, indeed. just put a lining inside the old pipe, it would, to be honest, seem top be a false economy.

I may be sitting snug in my chair, not an armchair, but my comments are based on reading up on water pipe replacement from a civil engineering point of view. However, popsiebabes, if you have any substantial and useful comments to make that will forward the reasons behind the 'minimal digging' plan, we would all love to hear them and will treat them with the respect that they deserve based on the knowledge contained therein. As it currently stands, it is you that are writing bilge, based on the fact that you criticize someones comments with no basis to base up the accusation of 'bilge' Anyway, as it is a new year, I will finish this off by wishing you and everyone else, a very Happy New Year for 2014.
[quote][p][bold]popsiebabes[/bold] wrote: Just love reading the "experts" view of the forthcoming Abbotsbury work. Take it you are sitting snug in your armchair as you write the bilge.[/p][/quote]Please explain this comment. No where in these comments has anyone said they were experts or as you say, 'experts'. It just seems to me that the only way to replace a pipe that is well over 40 years old is to replace the whole thing, and whilst they could, indeed. just put a lining inside the old pipe, it would, to be honest, seem top be a false economy. I may be sitting snug in my chair, not an armchair, but my comments are based on reading up on water pipe replacement from a civil engineering point of view. However, popsiebabes, if you have any substantial and useful comments to make that will forward the reasons behind the 'minimal digging' plan, we would all love to hear them and will treat them with the respect that they deserve based on the knowledge contained therein. As it currently stands, it is you that are writing bilge, based on the fact that you criticize someones comments with no basis to base up the accusation of 'bilge' Anyway, as it is a new year, I will finish this off by wishing you and everyone else, a very Happy New Year for 2014. Micke12

12:41pm Wed 1 Jan 14

thetiger says...

I assume Wessex Water will be working 24/7 ?
I assume Wessex Water will be working 24/7 ? thetiger

12:53pm Wed 1 Jan 14

John New says...

No dig - Perfectly logical phrase. Appears they are planning to use a pipe sleeving technique just as the gas people used recently in their works.
No dig - Perfectly logical phrase. Appears they are planning to use a pipe sleeving technique just as the gas people used recently in their works. John New

2:39pm Wed 1 Jan 14

hdman says...

working 24/7,i very much doubt it.nothing ever gets done quickly round here,at least if they aren`t digging there will be no holes to stand around peering aimlessly in to.come on w w prove us all wrong.
working 24/7,i very much doubt it.nothing ever gets done quickly round here,at least if they aren`t digging there will be no holes to stand around peering aimlessly in to.come on w w prove us all wrong. hdman

7:52pm Sun 5 Jan 14

normakay1 says...

I would like to know about the shuttle buses, We have not been given any info on them, when they will appear, where they will stop, where they will go too
and at what times.
I would like to know about the shuttle buses, We have not been given any info on them, when they will appear, where they will stop, where they will go too and at what times. normakay1

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