Road Maintenance and Closures

Dorset Council as Highway Authority does not notify individual households or businesses of forthcoming work when the activities are approved. Residents and businesses can follow current and planned roadworks and traffic restrictions on their interactive roadworks map.

From their website:
It is not a requirement for all works that residents, businesses and services be notified in advance; however the likely scale of disruption occurring from the works and any associated traffic management impact is likely to inform the need to provide notification.

It is the responsibility of the organisation carrying out the works to arrange notification. This might be directly by letter drop, placing of advance warning signs before works start or other means.

As a resident or business owner, you can reasonably expect to be notified if:
activities are happening in the evening and noise will be produced from the works

  • access to property or premises is expected to be markedly affected
  • utility services supplied to customers will be affected during the works

It is not reasonable to expect personal notification if works:

  • are an emergency or urgent (unplanned) – the matter being attended to is unforeseen. This is the case whatever the time of day the works are undertaken
  • there is no notable impact to the access of property or business

For more information about how Dorset Council manage road closures, please visit their website