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. More details are available on the Dunyeats Road corridor improvements page.

Jersey Road – from Alderney Avenue to Carisbrooke Crescent. Start date and traffic management TBC.

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 being carried out as part of wider programme across the BCP area, commencing Monday 23 September, will include:

  • Rugby Road, including adjacent cul-de-sac
  • Sandy Lane, Blandford Road to Borough boundary line
  • Border Road, including adjacent cul-de-sac
  • Merrow Avenue, including adjacent cul-de-sacs
  • Hamilton Crescent
  • Sheringham Road, cul-de-sac end to Cromer Road

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 scheduled to take place shortly using phased road closures and suspension of parking from 8.30am to 5pm on the following anticipated dates:

  • Halstock Crescent - Monday 12 August
  • Sandhills Close - Tuesday 13 August
  • Bere Close - Tuesday 13 August
  • Clayford Close - Tuesday 13 August
  • Stourpaine Road - Tuesday 13 August
  • Cogdean Road - Tuesday 13 August
  • Steeple Close - Wednesday 14 August
  • Holywell Close - Wednesday 14 August
  • Bader Close (Dundas Road to Adastral Road) - Wednesday 14 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 of footway only.

  • Bridport Road (slurry sealing)
  • Bloxworth Road (slurry sealing)

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: 29 July 2019
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