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 and highway asset management page.

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 2021/22

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:

  • A341 Wimborne Road (Ferncroft Road to Northbourne roundabout)
  • Poole Hill (Terrace Row to St Michael’s roundabout)
  • A35 Commercial Road (Civic Centre Gyratory to Church Road signal junction)
  • A35 Christchurch Road (Centenary Way to Southbourne Road)
  • A3049 Ashley Road (Tower Road to A35 Christchurch Road
  • )Stanpit (Somerford roundabout to Argyle Road)
  • Holdenhurst Road (Station roundabout to Harrison Avenue)
  • Yarrow Road roundabout
  • Elphinstone Road (Highcliffe)
  • Edward Road (Somerford)
  • St Annes Avenue (Southbourne)
  • Aldenery Avenue (Scott Road to Astbury Avenue)
  • St Osmunds Road (Glengariff Road to Alton Road East)
  • Elm Avenue (Fairmile)Norwood Place (Pokesdown)
  • Chessel Avenue (Boscombe Overcliff Drive to Beechwood Avenue).

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):

  • Kimberley Road (Southbourne)
  • Paisley Road (Southbourne)
  • Warren Edge Road (Southbourne)
  • Salterns Road
  • Britannia Road
  • Warren Edge Close (Southbourne)
  • B3059 Parkwood Road (Southbourne)
  • B3059 Woodside Road (Southbourne)
  • Stourwood Avenue (Southbourne)
  • Boscombe Overcliff Drive (Boscombe)
  • Southbourne Overcliff Drive (Southbourne)
  • Boscombe Cliff Drive (Boscombe)
  • Durley Chine Road South (West Hill)
  • Nea Close (Highcliffe)
  • Forest Close (Highcliffe)
  • Avon Road West (Jumpers Common)
  • Avon Road East (Jumpers Common)
  • Ensbury Park Road (Moordown)
  • Beechey Road (Winton)
  • Old Farm Road (Oakdale)
  • Greenfield Road (Oakdale)
  • Moorview Road (Oakdale)
  • Christopher Crescent (Oakdale)
  • Worthington Crescent (Parkstone)
  • Seafield Road: Tuckton Road to Belle View Road
  • Stamford Road
  • Fenton Road
  • Wick Lane

Please note that because the work is weather dependant, 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 2021/22.

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:

  • Rosley Close (Highcliffe)
  • Terrington Avenue (Highcliffe)
  • Firshill (Highcliffe)
  • Laurel Close (Highcliffe)
  • Rothesay Drive (Highcliffe)
  • Birchwood Drive (Highcliffe)
  • Woodhayes Avenue (Highcliffe)
  • Cranemoor Avenue (Highcliffe
  • )Cranemoor Gardens (Highcliffe)
  • Cranemoor Close (Highcliffe)
  • De Montfort Road (Merley)
  • Layard Drive (Merley)
  • Rosamund Drive (Merley)
  • Huntingdon Drive (Merley)
  • Merley Gardens (Merley)
  • Mimosa Avenue (Merley)
  • Longspee Avenue (Merley).

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 to be announced soon.

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.

If you need to get in touch about any of the above, please email