Dorset Road Fix 2022 – surface dressing from 9 May

Work is underway to repair rural and residential roads as part Dorset Council’s annual programme of surface dressing.

Surface dressing prolongs the life of roads by providing a waterproof seal, while also improving skid resistance. It forms a vital part of Dorset Highways’ annual road maintenance programme, alongside patching, micro-surfacing, in-situ recycling, road preservation and resurfacing.

This year, around 446,000m² of road will be restored with surface dressing.

The work is carried out under a road closure, with on-street parking suspended to allow the work to take place.

Week starting Monday 9 May

Three Acre Lane, Langton Matravers

Crack Lane, Langton Matravers

Tabbits Hill Lane, Harman’s Cross

Little Woolgarston Road, Corfe Castle

D50207 – from Arne Road to Maranoa Farm, Arne

Premium sites week starting Monday 9 May

This will be under convoy working and 10mph speed limit:

B3075 Morden Road, Sandford – 11 May

B3074 Blandford Road, Corfe Mullen – 12 May

B3072 Station Road, West Moors – 13 May

B3081 Verwood Road – 13 May

Week starting 16 May

B3081 – Solar Farm to county boundary

New Road, Madjeston

Hunger Hill, Madjeston

Stour Provost to Todber

Premium sites week starting Monday 16 May

This will be under convoy working and 10mph speed limit:

B3081 Gillingham – 16 & 17 May

New Road & Hunger Hill, East Stour – 18 & 19 May

B3092 Stour Provost – 20 May

This rolling programme of surface dressing work started on 25 April and will last around three months.

It is a quick process, with bitumen binder sprayed onto the road to seal it against water damage and stone chippings spread onto this to restore grip, with these compacted down with a roller.

Drivers can travel on the road as soon as the work is finished, with slow moving vehicles helping to further embed the stone chippings.

A sweeper travels along the road within 48 hours to clear any immediate surplus stone, with line markings reinstated shortly afterwards.

Surface dressing relies on the evaporation of water from the bitumen binder (glue) for it to set, so can only be carried out in dry weather.

As the work is highly weather dependent, residents are being asked to look out for yellow advance warning signs in their area which will provide the most accurate information.

Working times will be between the hours of 5am and 6pm. Work cannot take place at night due to the necessary evaporation process and will not be carried out over the weekend or on Bank Holidays.

More information about surface dressing and a full list of sites being treated this season can be found online.

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