Roadworks, closures and improvements

Roadworks, closures and improvements

The council has plans to carry out maintenance works to over 150 roads and pavements across the city, in a programme of works lasting around 18 months. This is part of the council’s commitment, as outlined in its July budget, to an additional £10m investment in resurfacing roads and pavements across the city, contributing to an intended record £22m spend before April 2023.

You can find in-depth information on current roadworks and transport projects, and how they might affect your daily commute, by visiting our Connecting Southampton website.

The interactive roadworks map

To see whether there are any road improvements in your area of interest please take a look at the map below.

Please note, in order to see roadworks more than two weeks in advance you will need to create an online account with our provider

Use the key on the left of the map to switch on or off layers of information, including live traffic congestion. You may need to zoom in to the map where there are multiple works in the same location. You can do this by clicking on the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner or double clicking on the point of the map where you want to zoom in.

Advanced notices of planned works can be subject to change.

Work types

Road Renewal or Reconstruction:

Removing some or all the structural layers of a road to be replaced with new or recycled materials and a new surface.


Removal and replacement of the existing surface to restore it and improve the surface characteristics.


Cutting-out and replacing part of the surface area of the road with tarmac – anything from a localised patch where there are a cluster of repeat potholes, through to a larger area perhaps extending across the whole width of the road.

Surface treatment:

Preserving and extending the life of existing surfacing which is just starting to fail – a coating that helps waterproof the road and so reduces further deterioration. Often referred to as slurry surfacing of footways.

A well-established technique used by Highway Authorities which offers an extremely cost effective alternative to full resurfacing. The finished surface of the road will not be as long lasting as a road renewal/ reconstruction and the appearance of the finish won’t be as smooth as new tarmac or asphalt. Furthermore, it can take several months of pedestrian or vehicle traffic for the material to bed-in and it won’t necessarily hide all the unevenness of the original highway construction beneath. This is one of the many options available on a case-by-case basis depending on the condition of the road, large areas of the city can be treated in any one year.

Pothole patrol

There are three dedicated (two-person) crews, each with their own truck, to attend any of the city’s roads and footways. They have a focus on potholes that have not yet reached a policy standard for repair, but are also able to respond quickly to urgent and more hazardous potholes.

The patrols will work on a planned approach, targeting particular roads on a cyclical basis and be able to react to other defect reports that get fed through to them. Mostly isolated pothole repairs will be carried out, but they have the capability to replace whole patches of tarmac or paving slabs up to several square metres if necessary.

Forward Work Plan

The Forward Work Plan is a detailed one to three year programme of work. The details of the schemes to be carried out in 2023 are being developed and planned. Residents and business in these roads will be notified of dates and arrangements to deliver these schemes nearer the time.

Please note that the roads included in this section are subject to change as their designs evolve and affordability is established.

The 2023 footway programme is being worked up currently and an announcement regarding this will be made later this year.

Resurfacing and renewal SHOW

Carriageway overlay surfacing SHOW

Localised carriageway patching works SHOW

Footways SHOW

For more information

You can report street problems to us. We will notify local residents before works start and ensure that diversions are set up to minimise disruption. For more information regarding prioritisation of future road schemes, please see the Transport Policy page.

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