Highway maintenance

We are responsible for maintaining 1,250km (780 miles) of roads and pavements of adopted highway (technically known as carriageways and footways respectively).

Maintaining the highway network involves assessing its condition, identifying problems and then prioritising and carrying out the most appropriate work with the resources.

Further information can be found in the highway inspections policy.

Highway maintenance programme

The programme is determined from priorities set by various considerations including independent condition surveys, technical officer assessment and recognition of views received from the public.

Although the programme represents the current assessment of priorities, it should be noted that the funding available will determine the final programme and emerging issues may need to be considered from time to time.

The highways maintenance programme shows an indicative break down of how the next 3 year's highway maintenance budgets will be spent.

Sometimes, the Department for Transport makes additional funds available for highways maintenance works. The Additional funding for highways page has more details of how additional funds were spent in 2018/19.

Highway structural maintenance programme 2020-21

Start dates to be confirmed unless stated otherwise.

Resurfacing: Traditional replacement of existing road surface with new, usually restricted to the upper layers of the road construction. Due to budget restraints this type of work is generally carried out on our classified road network and only used on our unclassified (residential) Roads as a last resort.

Works planned for:

B3061 Seaview Road – from Ashley Road roundabout to Grove Road.Resurfacing complete, outstanding lining currently under review.

C332 Richmond Road - from B3061 Ashley Road to A35 Bournemouth Road. Starts Monday 10 August to Sunday 23 August using phased road closures from 7am to 6pm daily. No through Access from B3061 Ashley Road to or from A35 Bournemouth for the duration. Directly affected residents to receive full details shortly. Diversion in place via A35 Bournemouth Road and A35 Commercial Road, B3061 Ashley Road and A35 Poole Road.

A341 Wimborne Road – from Ferncroft Road to the Northbourne roundabout. Start date to be announced.

C340 Stanpit – from Purewell Cross Road roundabout to Argyle Road.

C334 York Road – from Grange Road to Beechwood Close. Tuesday 1 September. More details available soon.

Wimborne Road, Moordown including - sections of carriageway from junction with A3060 Castle Lane West to and including junction with The Grove. Works complete.

Ensbury Park Road – from adjacent No.10 to the junction with Wimborne Road. Works complete.

Willow Drive – from junction with Stour Road to Sopers Lane. Starts Monday 10 to 13 August using phased road closures from 7am to 6pm daily. Diversion in place via Stour Road and A35 Barrack Road. Local access for residents via junction with Sopers Lane with some limited access at the junction of Willow Way available at times. 

North Road – from signal junction with Ashley Road to Springfield Road. Starts Monday 7 September. More details available soon.

Springfield Road – from Seaview roundabout to North Road. Starts Monday 7 September. More details available soon.

Preventative Maintenance: extending the life of the existing road surface by preventing pot holes and follows department for transport guidance that 'prevention is better than cure'. Surface treatments are laid directly on top of the existing road without removing the original material.

Micro Asphalt: also referred to as ‘Slurry Surfacing’ is a cost effective treatment that protects the existing road surface with the application of a thin layer of asphalt. After the road is patch repaired, micro asphalt is applied as a quick drying wet slurry and serves to prevent pot holes and helps regulate or smooth out some of the bumpier roads. This process is commonly used where a surface dressing or carriageway sealing solution is not appropriate. 

Works planned for (dates may be subject to change due to unsuitable weather):

  • Newlyn Way - 3 September
  • Fraser Road - 3 September
  • Scott Close - 2 September
  • Salterns Road - 6 September
  • Britannia Road - 6 September
  • Wessex Road - 5 September
  • Curzon Road - 6 September (car park access restored by 10am)
  • Holmhurst Avenue - 4 September
  • Lakewood Road - 4 September
  • Shepherd Close - 4 September
  • Pinewood Road - 7 September
  • Glenavon Road - 5 September
  • Draper Road - 5 September
  • Muscliffe Road - 14 and 15 September
  • Ridley Road - 14 September
  • Ripon Road - 15 and 16 September
  • Clive Road (Winton) - 11 September
  • Shelbourne Road - 24 and 25 September
  • Winston Avenue – roundabout to cul-de-sac end - 1 and 2 September
  • Mayford Road, including cul-de-sacs - 1 September
  • B3059 Belle View Road - Newstead Road to Foxholes Road - 17 and 18 September
  • Tuckton Road - 9 and 10 September
  • Foxholes Road (Southbourne) - 8 and 9 September
  • Douglas Road (Southbourne) - 7 September
  • Grange Road (Southbourne) - 10 and 11 September
  • Seafield Road - Tuckton Road to Belle View Road - works postponed to March 2021
  • Verona Avenue - 20 September
  • Irving Road - 30 September
  • Stamford Road - works postponed to March 2021
  • Fenton Road - works postponed to March 2021
  • C340 Iford Lane  - from tunnel to junction with Corhampton Road - 19 September
  • Wick Lane – from Wickmeads Road to End - 20 September
  • High Howe Lane – Shapland Avenue to narrowing (hand lay slurry sealing) - TBC

Please note that because the work is weather dependant, the above start dates may be subject to change.

Surface Dressing: a cost effective means of preventing water penetration, improving skid resistance and arresting the disintegration of the carriageway, typically using a bituminous layer with one or more layers of small stone chippings laid over the top. This work is generally focused on our unclassified road network but can be used on main roads. The final programme for this can be affected by utility and developer activity. 

No surface dressing works are planned for 2020/21.

Carriageway sealing: A quick, cost effective method of preventative maintenance by extending the lifespan of the existing road surface by enriching the asphalt and preventing water ingress. The material sets rapidly in all but the very warmest weather conditions and the process is normally completed within hours. 

Works planned to commence on Tuesday 18 August using one day road closures effective from 8am to 6pm. Full details to be provided to directly affected residents shortly:

  • Thorn Road, including cul-de-sacs - Thursday 20 August
  • Loders Close, including cul-de-sacs - Thursday 20 August
  • Dorchester Gardens - Thursday 20 August
  • Dingley Road - Friday 21 August
  • Curlieu Road - Thursday 20 August
  • Brampton Road - Friday 21 August
  • Somerby Road - Thursday 20 August
  • The Meadway - Monday 24 August
  • Havelock Way - Friday 21 August
  • Fir Tree Lane - Friday 21 August
  • Clive Road (Highcliffe) - Monday 24 August
  • Langley Road - Monday 24 August
  • Bay Tree Way - Monday 24 August
  • Wingfield Avenue - Monday 24 August

Special drainage - schemes to help alleviate surface water flooding on the Highway, various sites involving investigation and mitigation measures if appropriate. Please note that funding for such schemes is under extreme pressure and can result in a very long waiting period before implementation. All cases are assessed individually with priority given to those considered to be at greatest risk. We are only responsible for the maintenance of it's highways drainage assets and not responsible for protecting private property. 

Small footway schemes – refurbishment or slurry sealing (pot hole prevention) of footway only. A rolling programme of footway slurry works is planned to commence on Monday 24 August:

  • Beaumont Road (footway refurbishment)
  • St Clements Road (footway refurbishment)
  • Bridport Road (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 16 September
  • Bloxworth Road (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 16 September
  • Gussage Road (slurry sealing) - Tuesday 22 September
  • Monkton Crescent (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 23 September 
  • Tollard Close (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 30 September
  • Queens Avenue (slurry sealing) - Friday 28 August
  • Whitehall - Silver St to Queens Ave (slurry sealing) - Thursday 27 August
  • Princess Avenue (slurry sealing) - Friday 28 August
  • Devon Road (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 5 August
  • Fitzmaurice Road (slurry sealing) - Monday 3 August
  • Jumpers Road (slurry sealing) - Tuesday 1 September
  • Wick Lane, Christchurch (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 26 August
  • Edifred Road (slurry sealing) - Saturday 5 September
  • New Morton Road (slurry sealing) - Wednesday 9 September
  • Strathmore Road (slurry sealing) - Monday 14 September
  • Granby Road (slurry sealing) - Monday 7 September
  • Thornbury Road (slurry sealing) - Monday 24 August

The programme of works listed above is subject to constant review depending on out turn costs of individual schemes, changing priorities indicated by routine highway inspections, or particularly adverse deterioration due to factors such as severe winter weather, flooding, etc. All dates are provisional and subject to change.

Page last updated: 10 August 2020
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