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Everything you need to know about summer roadworks in Dorset

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Dorset Highways will soon begin an annual refresh of Dorset’s roads.

Work beginning on 22nd June will see improvements to roads within the Dorset Council area and will involve premium surface dressing and laying of micro-asphalt.

The surface dressing and micro-asphalt will improve skid resistance and seal cracks in the road to fill in cracks and to help prevent new water damage.

Some roads have been maintained and places have been patched to cover up defects over the past year to prepare Dorset’s roads for the surface dressing and micro-asphalt.

Dorset Council stated that Dorset Highways will be treating roads away from congested and busy areas, as to ensure that social distancing measures aren’t disrupted and that Dorset Highways staff can also abide by the current guidelines.

As part of the work, some road closures will be necessary. Dorset Council says that most work should take place between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm as not to disrupt most commuters. However, careful attention should be paid to signing on your routes, which may announce different scheduled closures.

In some cases, work may be rescheduled if poor weather is expected or prevents work from being completed.

Where roads are closed, you will find diversions and signage to guide you to your destination. These diversions are designed to be of the same road classification as the road which is closed, so that if the road being repaired is suitable for heavy goods vehicles, then the diversion must also be suitable for HGVs.

If you’re local to an area and/or have a car or smaller vehicle, you may find a shorter route.

Please be patient while we carry out these works and be mindful of local roads becoming busier as residents seek out alternative routes.

When the road reopens, please drive with care and adhere to the temporary 20mph speed limit – this is for your safety and driving at this speed helps the ‘bedding-in’ process on our surface dressing sites.

We know many drivers and motorcyclists do not like this surface treatment, however, it is successfully used across the country.

We will continue to use surface treatments based on a road’s individual condition – and the two treatments we’re using this summer both serve their purpose in the maintenance lifecycle of our roads.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council

As part of the annual road refresh in Dorset, it was announced that the following roads will have new dressing applied:

  • Dorchester Road, Weymouth
  • Station Road, Stalbridge
  • Rixon Hill, Manston Road, Sturminster Newton
  • Old Blandford Road, Cann Common
  • A354 Sixpenny Handley

After the dressing is complete, small loose stones and chippings will be left on the surface of the road until they’re removed by a sweeper no later than 48 hours after the work took place.

Following this, a further protective seal will be used to cover the surface and a final sweep will take place. These final touchups will be made with the use of mobile roads works, where the vehicles are moving and go/stop signs are used to prevent complete road closures.

Micro-asphalt will be laid on the following roads:

  • B3164 West Street, Broadwindsor
  • B3163 Broadwindsor Road
  • B3161 Whitcombe Road / Hooke junction, Beaminster
  • Chickerell Link Road, Weymouth
  • Coombe Valley Road, Weymouth
  • Herringston Road / Higher Came, Dorchester
  • B3067 Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster
  • Bournemouth Road, Charlton Marshall
  • C14 Duck Street, Child Okeford
  • Cann Common to White Pitt Lane
  • C2 Horton Road

Micro-asphalt is where a layer of new material is laid on top of the existing road surface.

You can find a live map of Dorset roadworks on this site.

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