£9.1M to be spent on Dorset's worst roads

£9.1M to be spent on Dorset's worst roads

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:11pm 22nd July 2020. (Updated at 7:00am 23rd July 2020)

Just over £9M is going to spent on repairing some of Dorset's worst roads and improving others.

The money has come from the Department of Transport.

It includes a £7.7M 'action fund' specifically designed to deal with potholes, investing in both carriageway repairs and preventative treatments.

The Council's Highways Executive Advisory Panel, made up of elected members from across the political divide and chaired by Cllr Cherry Brooks, has worked alongside officers to determine how the money should be spent most effectively to support Dorset's road network.

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The proposal to invest the £7,718,615 Pothole Action Fund is as follows:

  • £5,068,615 to accelerate our capital resurfacing programme (focused on some of Dorset's worst strategic roads)
  • £2,000,000 into the most damaged, minor roads where a significant proportion of our reactive defects are experienced
  • £300,000 - B3078 Stanbridge carriageway edge retention
  • £200,000 investment into drainage dig downs and repair
  • £150,000 investment into digging ditches

There are also further proposals to invest £1,393,385 into the following schemes:

  • £450,000 Longham Bridge design
  • £349,272 Wareham A351 pedestrian cycle link
  • £390,000 Street lighting LED upgrades - Saving £160,000 revenue each year by 2030 and £320,000 per year by 2040, with a total carbon saving of 2,600 tonnes.
  • £204,113 Traffic control and ITS LED retrofit - Saving £27,117 revenue funding per year, and 86 tonnes of carbon per year
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Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:

"We're delighted to be able to share our plans for how we intend to spend this much-welcome investment from central government. 

"As a rural county, our road network is vital to Dorset residents and it's imperative we enable people to be able to get around safely."

Officers in Dorset Council's Highways team are now asking Cabinet to approve the plans.