DRIVERS face a near six-mile diversion route around Weymouth – to bypass a 90-metre stretch of roadworks.

A stretch of School Hill in Chickerell is set to be closed for five days for resurfacing works, white line painting and the relocation of lampposts.

Dorset Council is proposing the temporary closure of a section of the road, from the junction of Woodland Way, from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 - and has published details of a 5.9-mile diversion route that motorists would take to bypass it.

The diversion route would see drivers being sent around Weymouth through Radipole and Nottington, including various key roads such as Weymouth Way and Chickerell Road.

The proposals are out for consultation until October 12. If approved, full details will be sent out to residents in the surrounding area.

Dorset Echo: School Hill has seen delays due to roadworks and temporary traffic lightsSchool Hill has seen delays due to roadworks and temporary traffic lights

Under the proposals, to bypass the roadworks motorists would be sent along Putton Lane onto Glennie Way and then left onto Chickerell Road.

They would then turn left into Chickerell Link Road and Hampshire Road, and onto Granby Way, taking the second exit at the Chafeys Roundabout onto Weymouth Way and the first exit onto Dorchester Road off Manor Roundabout.

Drivers would then follow Dorchester Road for 0.7 miles and turn left onto Nottington Lane, left again onto Harbour Hill and right onto Cold Harbour before continuing to School Hill.

Roadworks are already underway in the area to create a new road layout to support the new Bank and Ridge Farm housing development.

Councillor Jean Dunseith, who represents Chickerell for Dorset Council, said that the latest proposed roadworks on School Hill are key to the neighbouring housing development but feared it could cause some disruption to those travelling southbound from Nottington into Chickerell.

She believed it could cause a general increase of traffic during peak times on Weymouth’s key roads, especially Granby Way, and added: "I think that will have a bigger impact on those who live on Coldharbour because they use the road to get onto the Chickerell Road to go shopping, to get to school and for general travel.

Dorset Echo: The diversion route in full takes drivers on Weymouth's key roadsThe diversion route in full takes drivers on Weymouth's key roads

"The closer you are to the road closure, the more you will be affected.

“But it will need to be done because of the new junction on School Hill to support the new Bank and Ridge Farm development.”

A spokesman for Dorset Council said in a consultation document: “Ford Civil Engineering will publicise the road closure in a number of ways. They will place information boards on the road in this area to inform the travelling public of the works, they will carry out a letter drop to local residents directly affected by the works and they will sign a vehicular diversion route using the local road network.”

People who have any concerns with the roadworks or road closure are advised to contact Samantha Paulley via trafficteam@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk by October 12.