Highway maintenance

We are responsible for maintaining 500km (350 miles) the 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 2019-20

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.

A350 Parkstone Road – from pedestrian crossing adjacent Poole Park tennis courts to the Civic Centre Gyratory. WORKS COMPLETE.

Dunyeats Road – major refurbishment, including carriageway resurfacing and footway widening to north side of road as part of safety improvement scheme. WORKS COMPLETE.

Jersey Road – from Alderney Avenue to Carisbrooke Crescent. WORKS COMPLETE.

A35 Bournemouth Road (signal junction with Archway Road). WORKS COMPLETE.

A35 Upton Road (150m section from crown of bridge to Fleetsbridge roundabout). WORKS COMPLETE.

Gillett Road 120m section of link road adjacent to Health Care Centre & Nursery (main route between Fern Barrow and Boundary Road is unaffected). Road closure starts on Monday 2 March for 2 weeks. 

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 completed in:

  • Sandy Lane, Blandford Road to Borough boundary line
  • Border Road, including adjacent cul-de-sac
  • Hamilton Crescent
  • Rugby Road, including adjacent cul-de-sac
  • Merrow Avenue, including adjacent cul-de-sacs
  • Sheringham Road, cul-de-sac end to Cromer Road
  • Stourbank Road, Stour Road to End
  • Kings Avenue, from No.57 to Manor Road
  • Moffat Road
  • Branksome Wood Road, Surrey Road to Glenferness Avenue
  • Coombe Avenue, Redhill Drive to Laybourne Avenue
  • Wellington Road
  • Derby Road, Knyveton Road to A35 Christchurch
  • Knyveton Road, St Swinthins Road South to Derby Road
  • Beresford Road
  • Fitzmaurice Road
  • Devon Road
  • Freda Road
  • Felton Crescent
  • Redvers Road 
  • Druitt Road
  • Bingham Road, Draper Road to Burton Road

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. 

Works completed in:

  • Fontmell Road
  • Whitchurch Avenue
  • Badbury Close
  • Turnworth Close

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 completed in:

  • Halstock Crescent
  • Sandhills Close
  • Bere Close
  • Clayford Close
  • Stourpaine Road
  • Cogdean Road
  • Steeple Close
  • Holywell Close
  • Bader Close (Dundas Road to Adastral Road)

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 of footway only.

  • Bridport Road (slurry sealing) - postponed until 2020/21 programme
  • Bloxworth Road (slurry sealing) - postponed until 2020/21 programme

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: 14 February 2020
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