Following on from the recent visit of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to officially open the Weymouth Relief Road, the first cars are now utilising the new route which runs between Dorchester and Weymouth.
Walters UK Limited have successfully completed the earthworks to the new £89M relief road, totalling over 1,000,000 cubic metres and working in partnership with Skanska Civil Engineering and Dorset County Council.
Leader of Dorset County Council Angus Campbell said:
“This is a historic moment that residents of Weymouth and Portland have been waiting for since 1948 when a relief road was first proposed in the Local Plan.
“The Weymouth Relief Road will help support the economic development of the borough through delivering reliable journey times on the strategic A354, used by over 35,000 cars and lorries every day.
“To achieve this and to produce such a visually pleasing and environmentally sensitive example of modern road building is a triumph and a great credit to all concerned.”
The photograph shows Walters UK Project Manager Paul Baker and Works Manager Kevin Davies meeting Her Royal Highness.