Littlemoor Gap Sound Barriers to be replaced
By NewsPipe | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 14:04
Sound barriers on the Weymouth Relief road are to be replaced after monitoring found the fabric to be deteriorating under natural UV light.
The sound barriers at Littlemoor Gap are degrading under UV light
The sound fences protect local housing from noise generated by traffic along the road but a batch of the fence panels that contain a black fabric (the hessian ones are unaffected) have been shown to be defective.
Dorset County Council Head of Highways Management Mike Winter said: "The fabric in the sound barriers is designed to last around 20 years, but it appears that there has been a batch that is substandard and the UV resistance is inadequate.
"It is extremely important that we repair the deteriorating sound barriers to ensure that the noise from the road is contained, as promised in our environmental mitigation of the relief road."
Work begins from Thursday (22nd Novemeber) for one week during which time pedestrians will be re-routed. Work on the road-side of the fence will begin on 3rd December and will see traffic lights in operation from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday-Friday.
The deterioration is covered by the manufacturers warranty and no public money will be spent on the replacements.