A338 - BIG Growth improvements
£45.2 million secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Dorset Growth Deal is funding a series of transport and infrastructure investments
The Bournemouth International Growth Programme is already tackling the issue of congested and inadequate road networks around the airport.
In May 2016, the major renewal of A338 Bournemouth Spur Road, the key link road to Bournemouth Airport finished on time and budget, and kick-started effective delivery of the programme.
Following the successful completion of the A338, the BIG Programme is examining the next stage of transport and infrastructure projects to transform access to and around Bournemouth Airport, Aviation Business Park and Wessex Fields.
The BIG programme forms part of Dorset LEP's Strategic Economic Plan to drive economic growth, improve housing, transport and infrastructure, and create more highly skilled jobs.
A number of projects have been considered to see which will deliver best value and keep driver disruption and impact on business to a minimum.
Future road improvement schemes planned for the A338 will be led by Bournemouth Borough Council working jointly with Dorset County Council.
Works to reduce traffic congestion at Blackwater Junction East have now started
The improvements are expected to take around nine months to complete, and will include changing the east junction on the B3073 along with the construction of additional lanes.
Here's a roundup of the works at Blackwater Junction, to help plan your journey
From 11 September
Lane closure in place on B3073 westbound during off-peak hours from 9:30 til 15:30 to enable the construction of the road widening on the north side. This will continue until the end of September.
From the end of September
Works will take place on the west side of the junction and will involve the construction of a retaining wall to allow the widening of the road. This is due to complete in November. There will be a lane closure in place during off-peak hours from 9:30 until 15:30 during this time.
From November onwards
Works will take place on the B3073 westbound, river side of the junction. This will involve the construction of a sheet pile retaining wall and will require 3-way temporary traffic signals to be used off-peak from 9:30 until 15:30.
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