B3157 coast road set to reopen at Abbotsbury

Steve Bellenie, right, from The Bellenie's Bakehouse in Abbotsbury, presents a cake to Wessex Water contracts manager Sean Dunne and staff

Steve Bellenie, right, from The Bellenie's Bakehouse in Abbotsbury, presents a cake to Wessex Water contracts manager Sean Dunne and staff

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VILLAGERS in Abbotsbury celebrated today as significant water works were finished a month ahead of schedule.

The Weymouth to Bridport coast road, which has been closed at Abbotsbury since Monday January 6, is now expected to reopen tomorrow.

The B3157 has been closed to through traffic whilst work has taken place, with a full diversion put in via the A35 to Dorchester.

Businesses remained open whilst work was carried out by Wessex Water in West Street, Market Street and Rodden Row.

Workers replaced the road main which had burst around 30 times in the last 15 years.

Sean Dunne, contracts manager for Wessex Water, said: “We have basically relayed all the mains through Abbotsbury, which has equated to about 1,200m of length and we allowed 12 weeks to do the job.

“Due to the efforts of the team, design and construction, we have delivered that in eight weeks.”

Mr Dunne added: “That’s a credit to the lads working late nights and weekends to get it done because of the sensitivity of the village.”

Wessex Water has worked closely with villagers and the parish council. Mr Dunne thanked residents for their patience and their continued support.

Stephen Bellenie, owner of The Bellenie’s Bakehouse, congratulated the crew by baking a special cake and offering them a free breakfast.

He said: “It is just a thanks to Wessex Water and all their crew for a job well done before schedule.

“They have been here six days a week in all weathers, never grumbling, just getting on with the job and I think everyone’s pleased with the progress.”

Work was originally scheduled to finish on March 29. Wessex Water provided a shuttle bus service to ensure residents remained connected to the village.

Michaela Cordes, co-manager of Chapel Lane Stores, said the works had a big effect on business.

“People couldn’t come through. We as a village shop aren’t just for the villagers, we are also for the foreigners and especially on the bank holiday, they didn’t come.

“But I have to say it was the best time to do it and it needed to be done. I’m really looking forward to next week as business is back to normal again.”

John Houston, general manager for Abbotsbury Tourism, said he was grateful for the speed in which Wessex Water worked.

He said: “To pull out all the stops and get this road finished is absolutely fantastic and we are very grateful to them for doing what was a very necessary job.

“We have got a run up into Easter now which we might not have have before, thanks to their hard work.”

Arthur Cartlidge, 77, who’s lived in Abbotsbury for 13 years, said the workers had been ‘great’.

He said: “They have kept the traffic running through as far as they can. I wouldn’t complain at all.”

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4:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

shy talk says...

See all moaners out there have gone quite. Give praise when it’s due well done Wessex Water for finishing a month ahead of schedule.
See all moaners out there have gone quite. Give praise when it’s due well done Wessex Water for finishing a month ahead of schedule. shy talk
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

simon26r says...

Lol. I could do that. It will take me an hour to drive from Abbotsbury to weymouth and when I get there 45 mins early will I be praised. .
To be 100% honest wessex water have done a good job. Abbotsbury is open even though the road was only really closed for 1 week.
Lol. I could do that. It will take me an hour to drive from Abbotsbury to weymouth and when I get there 45 mins early will I be praised. . To be 100% honest wessex water have done a good job. Abbotsbury is open even though the road was only really closed for 1 week. simon26r
  • Score: 6

6:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Sally MacLennane says...

So given the horrendous weather of late, Wessex Water STILL finished a month early.

Either:

Some planner got it really badly wrong.
The workers are really efficient.
Everyone else are slackers.
So given the horrendous weather of late, Wessex Water STILL finished a month early. Either: Some planner got it really badly wrong. The workers are really efficient. Everyone else are slackers. Sally MacLennane
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Thu 27 Feb 14

david_divenghy2.1 says...

Meanwhile in other countries they did the same job in 1 week without the need to make an Oscar ceremony out of it....FOR HALF THE PRICE.
Meanwhile in other countries they did the same job in 1 week without the need to make an Oscar ceremony out of it....FOR HALF THE PRICE. david_divenghy2.1
  • Score: -7

9:52pm Thu 27 Feb 14

I'mavoter says...

You can tell it wasn't Dorset County Council doing the work, never known them to finish on time, never mind a month early !
You can tell it wasn't Dorset County Council doing the work, never known them to finish on time, never mind a month early ! I'mavoter
  • Score: 3

10:09pm Thu 27 Feb 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I doubt whether Sean Dunne, contracts manager for Wessex Water, said: “We have basically relayed all the mains.
He probably said that they had re-laid all the mains but, hey, this is the Echo (:o))
I doubt whether Sean Dunne, contracts manager for Wessex Water, said: “We have basically relayed all the mains. He probably said that they had re-laid all the mains but, hey, this is the Echo (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 6

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