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:

A35 Poole Road - works complete.

A35 Somerford Roundabout:

Phase 1: 7pm, Sunday 31 January to 6am, Wednesday 3 February North side of roundabout closed.

A35 Christchurch Bypass closed eastbound at the Stoney Cross roundabout; off and on slips to Salisbury Road closed, A35 Lyndhurst Rd closed southbound at roundabout; no access to A337 Highcliffe Rd; Somerford Avenue to have temporary access arrangement with 2 way traffic permitted between it and Honeysuckle Way/Saffron Drive.

See details for Phase 1

Phase 2: 7am, Wednesday 3 February to 7pm, Friday 5 February south side of roundabout closed

A35 Christchurch Bypass closed westbound from Somerford roundabout; on and off slips to Burton Road closed, A337 Highcliffe Road closed westbound at Hoburne roundabout except for temporary 2 way access to Grange Road; B3059 Somerford Road closed northbound on approach to roundabout; A337 Highcliffe Road eastbound temporarily reduced to one lane.

See details for Phase 2

HGV diversion routes:

Local traffic. No signed local diversion route will be provided. All other routes are open as usual. Please minimise your journeys during this current lockdown period.

Frequently Asked Questions

B3061 Seaview Road – from Ashley Road roundabout to Grove Road. Complete.

C332 Richmond Road - from B3061 Ashley Road to A35 Bournemouth Road - works complete.

A341 Wimborne Road – from Ferncroft Road to the Northbourne roundabout. Scheme delayed until 2021-22.

B3061 Ashley Road – from Alder Road to Albert Road. More details soon.

B3065 Haven Road – from Maxwell Road to Canford Cliffs Road. More details soon.

Poole Hill – Terrace Row to St Michaels roundabout. More details soon.

B3063 Charminster Road – from East Way to Boundary roundabout. More details soon.

A35 Bournemouth Road – from Alexandra Road to Archway Road signals approach. More details soon.

Jumpers Road – from Grove Road West to Fairmile Road including section of adjacent Avenue Road. More details soon.

A35 Commercial Road – from Church Road to Civic Centre Gyratory. More details soon.

A35 Christchurch Road – from Centenary Way to Seabourne Road. More details soon.

A3049 Ashley Road – Tower Road to A35 Christchurch Road. More details soon.

C340 Stanpit – from Purewell Cross Road roundabout to Argyle Road. More details soon.

Shapland Avenue and adjacent roads - More details soon.

Benmoor Road -  More details soon

Chessel Avenue from Beechwood Avenue to Boscombe Overcliff Drive - More details soon.

Elphinstone Road - More details soon.

C334 York Road (part) and Sopers Lane (part) –works complete.

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 - works complete. 

North Road – from signal junction with Ashley Road to a point approximately 100m south of Springfield Road and a section of Springfield Road from Seaview roundabout to the boundary of No.46 Springfield Road - works complete.

Springfield Road – works complete.

Sherborne Crescent – from Seatown Close to Herstone Close. Monday 26 October to Saturday 31 October using phased road closures between junctions in place 8am to 6pm daily.

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. 

Dates differ from those originally advertised due to several mechanical problems with the contractor’s plant and we apologise for the inconvenience. Affected residents have been contacted by the contractor with details.

Works planned for (dates changed due to ongoing mechanical reliability issues):

  • Newlyn Way - works complete
  • Fraser Road - works complete
  • Scott Close - works complete
  • Salterns Road - works postponed until March 2021
  • Britannia Road - works postponed until March 2021
  • Wessex Road - works complete
  • Curzon Road - works complete
  • Holmhurst Avenue - works complete
  • Lakewood Road - works complete
  • Shepherd Close - works complete
  • Pinewood Road - works complete
  • Glenavon Road - works complete
  • Draper Road - works complete
  • Muscliffe Road - works complete
  • Ridley Road - works complete
  • Ripon Road - works complete
  • Clive Road (Winton) - works complete
  • Wellington Road (Springbourne) - works complete
  • Knyveton Road - St Swithins Rd to Derby Rd (Boscombe) - works complete
  • Shelbourne Road - works complete
  • Winston Avenue – works complete
  • Mayford Road, including cul-de-sacs - works complete
  • B3059 Belle View Road - Newstead Road to Foxholes Road - works complete
  • Tuckton Road - works complete
  • Foxholes Road (Southbourne) - works complete
  • Douglas Road (Southbourne) - works complete
  • Grange Road (Southbourne) - 5 October
  • Seafield Road - Tuckton Road to Belle View Road - works postponed to March 2021
  • Verona Avenue - 5 October
  • Irving Road - works complete
  • Stamford Road - works postponed to March 2021
  • Fenton Road - works postponed to March 2021
  • C340 Iford Lane  - works complete
  • Wick Lane – works complete
  • 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 (asphalt preservation): 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:

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

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 Tuesday 1 September:

  • Thornbury Road - Bournemouth - works complete
  • Princess Avenue - Christchurch - works complete
  • Queens Avenue - Christchurch - works complete
  • Wick Lane - Christchurch - works complete
  • Whitehall - Christchurch - works complete
  • Jumpers Road - Christchurch - works complete
  • Fitzmaurice Road - Christchurch - in progress
  • Devon Road - Christchurch - in progress
  • Edifred Road - Bournemouth - Sunday 20 September
  • Granby Road - Bournemouth - Tuesday 22 September
  • New Morton Road - Bournemouth - Monday 28 September
  • Strathmore Road - Bournemouth - Tuesday 29 September
  • Bloxworth Road (2019 site) - Poole - Thursday 1 October
  • Monkton Crescent - Poole - Sunday 4 October
  • Gussage Road - Poole - Monday 12 October
  • Tollard Close - Poole - Thursday 15 October

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: 19 January 2021
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