North Dorset roads set to reopen

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wo busy north Dorset routes have reopened today (31 May) following extensive surfacing and improvement works.

Zig Zag Hill on the B3081 has reopened following a two-week closure for resurfacing from White Pit Lane up to the top of the hill.

The C13 through Melbury Abbas has reopened following a five-month closure to replace the traffic signals in Dinahs Hollow and extensive cabling works to enable a vehicle activated sign (VAS) system to be installed for HGVs travelling through the village, as part of Dorset Council’s A350/C13 route management scheme.

Over the last 18 months, Dorset Highways has carried safety and drainage improvements, and surfacing work, at 14 locations on the A350 and C13 between Shaftesbury and Blandford.


Overall, the work has included:

  • 51,680m2 or 5600 tonnes of surfacing
  • 1,300m of data cables for traffic signals
  • 27,000m of road markings
  • over 270 new road signs
  • 18 new village gateways
  • eight speed limit changes

In Melbury Abbas, a new HGV pull-in has been put in place to work with the new vehicle activated sign (VAS) system, which will warn northbound drivers of an approaching southbound HGV. Work has also improved the signals in Dinah’s Hollow to make them permanent.

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