Resurfacing work has started to permanently repair Dorset’s most damaged residential roads.

Earlier this year, the Department for Transport awarded £9.1m to Dorset Council as part of the Governments £1.7bn injection of funding to local highway authorities across the country through the newly created Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Dorset Highways has recently set out how it will be investing this additional funding, with around £2m being spent to target ‘defect clusters’ on its minor road network.

Nearly 50 of Dorset Council’s most damaged residential roads, which currently have a significant amount of reactive repair work carried out on them, or are expected to in the near future, will be resurfaced over the next two months.

Roads in Ashley Heath, Beaminster, Charminster, Child Okeford, Colehill, Ferndown, Upton, Verwood, West Moors and West Parley have all made the list of Dorset Council’s most damaged residential streets.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “This is a much-needed investment in these particular minor roads – which are too damaged for any other road surface treatment, and currently take up a significant amount of resource in reactive repairs.

“By carrying out annual inspections on our roads, as well as recording reports by residents, we can prioritise repairs across the Dorset Council area – which has 1,200 miles of residential roads – and these residential streets are at the top of the list.

“We know that many residents have concerns about their roads and we will continue our work to improve their condition.”

Dorset Highways’ private sector partner, Hanson Contracting UK, will be carrying out the additional work. To allow this work to take place safely, the resurfacing work will be done under stop and go traffic management, and each site will take around one-day to complete. Working hours will be from 8am to 4pm and will cause some unavoidable noise disruption due to the nature of the work.

Residents are being asked to look out for yellow advance notice boards which will be put out on site before works start and provide dates of the closure on their road.

The council’s Highways Executive Advisory Panel, made up of elected members from across the political divide, has worked alongside officers to determine how the additional funding should be spent to most effectively support Dorset’s road network.

All planned highway works can be found online at Roads currently scheduled to be resurfaced in this programme of work:

Rockway, Shipton Gorge 
Riverside, Beaminster
Flaxfield Road, Beaminster
Hogshill Mead, Beaminster
Monmouth Gardens, Beaminster
Culverhayes, Beaminster
Church Mead, Toller Porcorum
Kings Close, Longburton
Quarry Lane, Longburton
Mill Lane, Charminster
Vicarage Lane, Charminster
Ellerslie Close, Charminster
Jacobs Ladder, Child Okeford
Rectory Lane, Child Okeford
Greenway, Child Okeford
Chalwell, Child Okeford
Homefield, Child Okeford
Hod View, Stourpaine
Slough Lane, Upton
Richard Close, Upton
St Annes Road, Upton
Ash Close, Upton
Cedar Close, Upton
Doussie Close, Upton
Gurjon Close, Upton
Beacon Park Crescent, Upton
Highfield Close, Corfe Mullen
Swallow Way, Colehill
Heron Drive, Colehill
Mallard Road, Colehill
Lapwing Road, Colehill
Hawk Close, Colehill
Leigh Lane, Colehill
Cherry Grove, Ferndown
Hadrian Close, Wimborne
Aldridge Road, Ferndown
Lone Pine Drive, Ferndown
Dane Drive, Ferndown
Birch Avenue, West Parley
Oakland Way, West Parley
Conifer Close, West Parley
Dudsbury Road (from Xchurch Rd to Ellesfield Drive), West Parley
Summercroft Way, West Moors
Glenwood Way, West Moors
The Glade, Ashley Heath
Peveril Close, Ashley Heath
Struan Court, Ashley Heath
Verne Road, Verwood
Stanley Crescent, Verwood
Crane Drive, Verwood