Work starts to 'refresh' Dorset's roads

Work starts to 'refresh' Dorset's roads

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:17am 22nd June 2020.

Dorset Highways start their annual summer road repair programme today. (22 June)

Two programmes of work are being carried out in the Dorset Council area – premium surface dressing and micro-asphalt.

These will seal roads against water damage and restore skid resistance on roads that are in an otherwise good condition.

Some roads have had patching complete on them over the last 12 months to repair any damage in preparation for the treatments.

Roads will be closed from 9:30am-3:30pm, but times will vary between sites. 

Traffic cone Road works

Councillor Ray Bryan is Dorset Council's Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, he said: 

"Please be patient while we carry out these works and be mindful of local roads becoming busier as residents seek out alternative routes.

"When the road reopens, please drive with care and adhere to the temporary 20mph speed limit - this is for your safety and driving at this speed helps the 'bedding-in' process on our surface dressing sites.

"We will continue to use surface treatments based on a road's individual condition - and the two treatments we're using this summer both serve their purpose in the maintenance lifecycle of our roads."

Due to current social distancing measures, roads being treated are away from busier areas to ensure the workforce can keep to social distancing guidelines. 

Diversion routes will be signposted and will divert traffic onto the same classification of road as the one closed. 

Roads being resurfaced include: 

  • Dorchester Road, Weymouth
  • Station Road, Stalbridge
  • Rixon Hill, Manston Road, Sturminster Newton
  • Old Blandford Road, Cann Common
  • A354 Sixpenny Handley

Micro-asphalt sites - where a layer of new material is laid over the top of the existing surface include: 

  • B3164 West Street, Broadwindsor
  • B3163 Broadwindsor Road
  • B3161 Whitcombe Road / Hooke junction, Beaminster
  • Chickerell Link Road, Weymouth
  • Coombe Valley Road, Weymouth
  • Herringston Road / Higher Came, Dorchester
  • B3067 Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster
  • Bournemouth Road, Charlton Marshall
  • C14 Duck Street, Child Okeford
  • Cann Common to White Pitt Lane
  • C2 Horton Road

All road works are weather dependent and dates may be subject to change, all planned road works can be seen online.