Ferry Bridge FAQs

Ferry Bridge waterproofing (large version)We are hopeful that Ferry Bridge will be open to two-way traffic by the end of the weekend, however the work is weather dependent and may go into the early part of next week.

Next week there will be work carried out outside of peak times to allow road surfacing and white lining.

Why does the work need doing?

The bridge deck needs to be re-waterproofed, which means taking off the whole road surface before scrapping off the old waterproof layer.

The new waterproofing is then laid and the road re-constructed from foundation to surface.

The bridge expansion joints also need refurbishing.

Without this maintenance the bridge would eventually have to be closed on safety grounds.

Why isn’t it being done at night or 24hrs a day?

Most nights we have been on site until 1.30am.

Any overnight staffing of the bridge work would have a knock-on effect on the staffing of other works in the Weymouth area.

Why aren’t the lights being controlled?

The lights are being manually controlled during the working hours – 7am to 7pm – with the priority being given to the heaviest flow (generally towards Weymouth during morning rush hour and towards Portland in the evening commuter period).

Outside of these times the lights are vehicle activated.

Can’t you give more green time to clear traffic?

During the busiest times, around 150 vehicles from the heaviest direction are being allowed through the work area at a time.

Why isn’t anybody working when I drive past?

There may be legitimate times when workers are not doing any visible work.

A 15 minute morning break can be taken anytime between 9.30am and 10.30am, depending on the task being carried out, and a 30 minute lunch break any time between midday and 2pm.

Later in the afternoon they may be away from site preparing machinery and plant for the night shift.

There may also be times when no work can be carried out on the site while the waterproofing is drying or the tarmac is setting.

Waterproofing work and road surfacing is also weather dependant.

Why are the workmen standing around talking and smoking?

The nature of the works means that each worker has a task and may have to wait for a few minutes while another task is carried out before they can start work again.

Waiting for materials being delivered to site can also cause a lull in the work.

There may also be times when no work can be carried out on the site while the waterproofing is drying or the tarmac is setting.

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One Response to “Ferry Bridge FAQs”

  1. Bollard Says:

    This seems to be the biggest cock up of the whole transport package, we all accept that delays are inevitable but to get stuck for 1h 30 mins getting off Portland is unacceptable. Some people have had to give up work because if they do go to work they cannot guarantee that they will be able to pick their kids up, affecting people’s lives in such a profound way is not acceptable. This work could have waited until after the Olympics, or should have been done last year. No excuses.

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