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Fifty Dorset roads to be resurfaced at accost of £2m

Resurfacing work has started on 50 roads in Ashley Heath, Colehill, Ferndown, Upton, Verwood, West Moors, West Parley, Beaminster, Charminster and Child Okeford – identified as Dorset Council’s most damaged residential streets.


Earlier this year, the Department for Transport awarded £9.1m to Dorset Council as part of the Government’s £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 invest this additional funding, with around £2m being spent to target ‘defect clusters’ on its minor road network.

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.”

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.

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