A £5.8m pound project to repair Dorset's roads will get underway today. The council's highways teams will be fixing roads which were damaged by the winter storms, and filling in potholes.
In the meantime other highways teams will be temporarily repairing potholes to ensure that roads that are in the maintenance plan remain safe for road users.
Permanent pothole and road defect repair will also continue on roads that are in a good overall condition.
– Andrew Martin, head of highways
We are repairing long sections of A and B roads, together with shorter, trickier C and D roads. The lower class roads are strategically important for Dorset, but they often give us difficult logistic problems with the size of the machinery that we use. The Government want us to use this emergency fund by the summer holidays. This may mean that we only have a short-time to inform local residents that this is happening in their area - so please be patient, we will do our best to keep people up-to-date."
– Cllr Peter Finney, Cabinet member for environment and economy
It's important for us to maintain Dorset roads for the benefit of the economy. The tight deadline the Government has given us means that we have to work quickly to take advantage of this fund. The county council will continue to bid for more funding from the Government to help address the funding gap between what we need and what we have received. As always I would caution drivers to adapt their driving to the conditions of the road and take care on roads that have deteriorated."