Extra funding for road maintenance in the Dorchester area

As its annual programme gears up for spring, with extra funding Dorset Council is set to bolster its proactive measures to look after its roads. This includes more pothole repairs, resurfacing and  preventative treatments to manage road condition and maintain highway safety.

£2.068 million each for the years 2023/24 and 2024/25 from the Department for Transport (DfT) Network North fund, from reallocated HS2 government funding, together with other maintenance and pothole funds, will be dedicated to carriageway maintenance in the council area.

The council is also allocating an additional £6.03million from its own budget for highway maintenance. This will be invested in more proactive maintenance to preserve the condition of its roads.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “This extra funding will help us speed up our programme, reaching more roads before cracking or potholes appear, fixing potholes or making bigger repairs.

“This investment will help us keep our network in a good condition and reduce the number of reactive repairs.”

Cllr Bryan also emphasised the importance of proactive maintenance, stating: “It has been proven that early, preventative maintenance is the most cost-effective way to maintain roads.”

The council is awaiting confirmation of further government funding.

Pothole repair includes extensive patching of the wider area surrounding the defect, instead of just repairing the immediate pothole. This aims to reduce the likelihood of further potholes forming. A new method, called thermal patching will also be tested. This will reduce CO2 emissions by heating up existing asphalt (tarmac like surface), adding new binding materials and aggregates, and recompacting the road to form a permanent seamless repair.

Resurfacing takes place throughout most of the year. This rebuilds the various layers of a road to restore strength and shape, with drainage maintenance also carried out as part of the resurfacing schemes.

Preventative treatments

The council’s maintenance strategy also includes preventative techniques to address specific road conditions:

Surface dressing will take place in the warmer and drier seasons of spring/summer. The treatment seals roads from water damage and restores skid resistance.

Micro-surfacing fills shallow cracks and holes and smooths out small dips and bumps in the surface to provide a regular surface.

Busy routes that are still in a good condition will receive a road preservation treatment. This is an early life preventative treatment to stop water getting through and prevent surface deterioration.

Minor roads with visible defects, uneven surfaces, sunken areas, potholes and cracking will be repaired with in-situ recycling. It is particularly good for minor roads that have poor construction but often take heavy, agricultural vehicles.

Further works will take place this year as part of the council’s regular programme of works and surveys are taking place to allocate sites for preservation or repair . This will include road preservation, surface dressing and micro surfacing. Details of these work will be publicised in advance of the works starting. Householders and businesses directly affected will be notified in advance of the works.

Resurfacing currently in progress for 2023/24

  • Factory Lane, Buckland Newton
  • High Street, Fordington
  • Holloway Road, Dorchester
  • A37, Stratton To Grimstone


Patching (thermal trial) in progress or complete

  • Damers Road, Dorchester


Patching (conventional) – March 2024

  • Benville Lane, Dorchester
  • A354 Monkton Hill – Winterborne Herringston junction To Ridgeway
  • Poundbury Crescent, Dorchester
  • C126 Herringston Road, Dorchester
  • Damers (Service) Road, Dorchester
  • C80 Hollow Hill, Near Studio School (Kingston Maurward)
  • C53 Mallards Green, Martinstown
  • C53 Martinstown


2024/25 financial year


  • St Georges Road – From A35 flyover to business park



  • St Georges Road, Dorchester – From junction with Allington Road to Wilson Road

Find out where work is planned

Forthcoming and in progress works can be found on the council’s roadworks map

Signs are erected in advance of works starting, and residents directly affected are notified by letter. This will include the hours of work and parking arrangements during the work. Onsite team members will also be available to answer residents’ queries.

Report a problem

Dorset’s roads are inspected regularly, but sometimes problems arise between inspections. Report a problem on a road or pavement 

To report hazards, obstructions and dangerous situations that could cause damage or injury, call the council’s 24 hour line on 01305 221020.

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