A UTILITY company will return to resurface Portland Beach Road amid concerns the carriageway was left "irregular and bumpy" following previous work.

Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) carried out electrical cabling work on the road last year as part of a £2.6 million project to upgrade the electricity network between Weymouth and Portland.

However, Dorset Council have said that the surface of the carriageway was left "irregular and bumpy" which is why more works are necessary.

The authority said the one-mile-long trench dug up during the upgrade failed the ‘rolling straight edge’ test after the works, confirming that the surface was not compliant with specification. The rolling straight edge test uses a specialist piece of equipment to determine the smoothness of a road surface.

The resurfacing work will mean a stretch of Portland Beach Road will be partially closed for three nights, with temporary lights set up to control traffic and a convoy vehicle in operation.

The work will take three nights, starting on Friday, July 19 and going into Saturday morning. Workers will return after the weekend for two nights on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 with the work completed in the early hours of Wednesday.

Two-way temporary traffic signals will be in operation overnight between 9pm and 6am, with a convoy vehicle leading traffic slowly past the works area.

Kevin Cheleda, Dorset Council Traffic Team Leader, said: “We inspect utility/private contractor work at three separate stages – during the work, six months after completion and around two years after completion.

“SSE have agreed to resurface the full width of the southbound carriageway for the length of the trench as this will ensure the same issue doesn’t reoccur.”

A SSE spokesman said: “We will always do everything we can to ensure that any excavations we carry out are reinstated to a standard equivalent to, if not better than, that prior to our work starting.

“As part of our £2.6m project to upgrade the electricity network between Weymouth and Portland we reinstated our excavations along Portland Beach Road last summer, and had agreed with the council that we would return at a later date to install a permanent top layer of Tarmac.

"However, as the council advised us that they had scheduled other works in that area before our return, we are covering the overall costs of carrying out the permanent reinstatement.”