Bere Regis Bypass Construction 1981

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Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

Construction of the Bypass, 1981.

After all the planning & consultations work was finally underway and what a job it would entail!

Notice the chalk coming to the surface.

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

Chalk galore.

Making the bypass meant the excavation of an entire hillside.

 

 

 

Big Rubble Truck.

This truck is bigger than it looks!

 

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

Construction of the Bypass, 1981.

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

Construction equipment.

Look at the chalk everywhere.

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

Earth moving.

Have earth, will travel!

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

The edge of the bypass.

Although it carved up some lovely countryside, it was a necessary action.

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

Clearing the excavations away.

Look at the size of the truck compared to its driver!

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

The road to the future.

The Bere Regis bypass in full construction mode.

 

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

The Completed Bypass, Hours before opening, 1982.

In a matter of hours Bere Regis would never be the same again. (or would it!)

How wonderful that nature has crept up and covered this man made dent on the landscape.

 

 

 

Bere Regis Bypass Construction.

 

Photograph courtesy of George Ward

Village Bypass under   construction -

 

Built to the north of the village between 1981 and 1982, the cutting at maximum was 92 feet deep.

This photograph shows machinery and excavators removing chalk from where the deepest cut was made which was then transported to the area where the Roke Road passed to build up the level across the river plain.

This process alone took about six months.