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 have been spent.

Highway structural maintenance programme 2020-21

Start dates to be confirmed unless stated otherwise.


Resurfacing is the 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 Bournemouth Road: from Alexandra Road to Archway Road signals approach

Work starts Tuesday 30 March for two days. Road closure in place from 7:30am to 6pm daily until completion. Junction with Crescent Road closed on Tuesday 30 March for 1 day and junction with Alexandra Road closed on Wednesday 31 March for one day.

Temporary suspension of left turn out of Archway Road on to Bournemouth Road and suspension of right turn out of North Lodge Road on to Bournemouth Road.

Diversion route via Richmond Road and Ashley

Frequently asked questions.

Shapland Avenue and some adjoining roads

Work starts Monday 15 March in Weldon Avenue for a 3 week programme of resurfacing works. The following road closures will be in effect from 8am to 6pm daily excluding weekends and bank holidays.

  • Weldon Avenue – Monday 15 March for four days
  • Venning Avenue – Tuesday 16 March for four days (change to advertised dates)
  • Ryecroft Avenue – Wednesday 24 March for three days
  • Fulwood Avenue – Tuesday 23 March for three days
  • Finchfiend Avenue – Monday 22 March for four days
  • Shapland Avenue – Monday 29 March for five days
  • Knighton Heath Road - Monday 29 March for five days.

Read our FAQs for these works.

B3063 Charminster Road: from Charminster Avenue to Broadway roundabout

Work starts Tuesday 6 April for a period of 12 days. Phased road closures in place between Broadway roundabout and Charminster avenue effective from 7am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays and the weekend of the 17 and 18 April with no through traffic from one end of Charminster road to the other. Main diversion via A3060 Castle Lane West, A338 Wessex Way and A3049 Richmond Park road.

Charminster road diversion plan.

Read our FAQs for these works.

  • A35 Somerford Roundabout – works complete
  • A35 Poole Road – works complete
  • B3061 Seaview Road: from Ashley Road roundabout to Grove Road – works 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: from Terrace Row to St Michaels roundabout – 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 – works complete.

Preventative maintenance

Preventative Maintenance is 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’, micro asphalt 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) – works complete
  • Seafield Road: Tuckton Road to Belle View Road – works postponed to March 2021
  • Verona Avenue – works complete
  • 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) – to be confirmed.

Please note that because the work is weather dependant, the above start dates may be subject to change.

Surface dressing

Surface dressing is 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

The refurbishment or slurry sealing (pot hole prevention) of footway only.

Works completed in:

  • Thornbury Road
  • Princess Avenue – Christchurch
  • Queens Avenue – Christchurch
  • Wick Lane – Christchurch
  • Whitehall – Christchurch
  • Jumpers Road – Christchurch
  • Fitzmaurice Road – Christchurch
  • Devon Road – Christchurch
  • Edifred Road – Bournemouth
  • Granby Road – Bournemouth
  • New Morton Road – Bournemouth
  • Strathmore Road – Bournemouth
  • Bloxworth Road (2019 site) – Poole
  • Monkton Crescent – Poole
  • Gussage Road – Poole
  • Tollard Close – Poole
  • Beaumont Road – Poole

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.


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