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Before you start

Our roadworks and events map is developed and hosted by Elgin. They collect data from a number of different systems, lots of councils and third parties like utilities. The data is then refined and displayed graphically on a map. (Please note that there is no text-based format of this information available.)

You can use the map to look for and get roadworks and events information across Dorset for today and for the next 12-months.

What is worth noting is that current industry practises and legislation against which roadworks are managed, means we cannot guarantee that the information you see on the map is 100% accurate and up-to-date all of the time. We do strive to ensure that the information presented to you is as free of as many errors as possible, but if you notice something that doesn't look right, please report it to us.

This is a very basic introduction to using the roadworks map. Should you require more detailed instructions, please download the host's full user guide.

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First time users

When you open the map for the first time, it will probably load with:

  • a Dorset-wide view
  • little or no roadworks or events information showing
  • the default date range set to "today"
New user first view
The map should open to new users like this

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Returning users

So long as you haven't deleted your Internet history since your last visit, the map might load at the last location you were looking at with the information displaying that you had previously switched on. This allows you to pick up where you left off last time.

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Searching for and finding a location

You can go to any part of Dorset on the map in a number of ways. (You'll need to do this if you are to get any useful roadworks and events information, as the further you're zoomed out the less visible the detailed information is).

The easiest way is to use the "search location" box (top-right of the map) and enter a:

  • road name (it could be the road you live on or another road)
  • postcode (it could be your postcode or another postcode)
  • name of a town or village

A pop-up list will appear which will populate with some relevant information about the location you are entering - select an option from the list to go to that location.

Use the location box (top-right of the map) to search for a road name, postcode or town

If roadworks and events map layers are switched on, chances are at this point, information will start to display on the map.

You can also

  • click the location button (the crosshair) to the right of the "search location" box. You may be prompted to either allow or block our website from knowing your location. If you allow (accept,) the map should automatically zoom to around your current location. If you don't want our website to know your location, click block (refuse) and don't use this option
  • zoom in on the map to the area you want to view (some desktop browsers may need you to hold the "shift" key and scroll in on your mouse, or swipe in on a mobile device)
  • click your mouse and hold to drag the map around
  • use the "+ and -" buttons on the bottom right of the map window to zoom in to the centre of the map
  • move your cursor and double click on an area repeatedly to zoom in one level at a time

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Turning roadworks and events information on and off

There are different map layers available which show the types of roadworks and events information.

Little or no roadworks or events information will show if you are viewing the Dorset area at a high zoom level. You need to go to a specific location first.

On the left of the map window are a number of menus. Click the top button: the map pin entitled "map layers". The menu will expand to show all the information that can be displayed on the map.

Map layers information
Map layers What is this layer? How the layer displays on the map  Using this layer
Road closures and diversions A visual representation of the extent of closed roads and their associated diversions. These will display as red lines (road closures) and blue lines (diversions) laid over the top of roads. See an illustration of this.

On the menu, click in the box to the left of "road closures and diversions".. When a tick is displayed in the box the layer is on and when it is blank the layer is off.

Click on the red or blue lines on the map to get more information about the activity.

Traffic restrictions The different temporary restrictions that can be associated with roadworks; like lane closures, temporary parking restrictions or temporary speed limits. These will appear as icons with different graphics representing the type of restriction in place.

On the menu, click in the box to the left of "traffic restrictions".. When a tick is displayed in the box the layer is on and when it is blank the layer is off.

Click on the icons to get more information about the activity.

 Roadworks All roadworks information available in the database. These will appear as icons with different graphics representing the type of works taking place (man at work, water, electric, telephone and so on)

If you are using the map for the first time, this information should be on automatically. Click in the box to the left of "roadworks" to turn the information on and off.

Click the "roadworks" tab for an additional menu and you can select the severity of works to be viewed (green for all works through to red to only view the most disruptive of works).

Public events All events that are likely to cause extra traffic or where traffic management and restrictions are required to facilitate safe events. These will appear as icons with different graphics representing the type of event taking place. On the menu, click in the box to the left of "public events". When a tick is displayed in the box the layer is on and when it is blank the layer is off.
 Base map The type of map view on which information is displayed This will change the view behind which the roadworks and events information is displayed Click on the "base map" tab and a number of options will appear. Select an option from the list.
Operational info Extra information for users This will add extra layers on to the map Click on the "operational info" tab and options will appear to turn highway authority and district authority boundaries on and off. This will show the extent of county and district boundaries as black lines with text annotations.
Road closure diversion layer
When the road closure and diversion layer is switched on and when this information is available, the extent of road closures and diversion routes are illustrated on the map by red and blue lines

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Changing the date

The map has information to show for today and for up to the next 12 months. You can choose to view information on the map according to a number of preset date ranges or your own custom dates.

Roadworks and events happening now will always appear on the map whatever date range is selected, but to view information of something happening in the future may mean you need to set the dates accordingly.

Preset date ranges

Above the location search box is a drop down menu. Select an option to view roadworks and events information within those date ranges

Date ranges
Preset date range in the list The items that will display on the map
Today Roadworks and events taking place today only
Next two weeks Roadworks and events taking place today and in the next two weeks only
Next three months Roadworks and events taking place today and in the next three months only
Next twelve months Roadworks and events taking place today and in the next twelve months only
Preset dates
Choose from a number of preset date ranges

Custom date range

If you want to show roadworks and events between two specific dates of your choosing, click the calendar button and select dates "from" and "to".

Custom dates
You can choose specific dates using the calendar function

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Viewing information about roadworks and events

Once you've zoomed in to your chosen area, set your required date ranges and switched on the relevant roadworks and event layers, you should be able to see roadworks and events icons displayed on the map. If you haven't done all of these, you may not get the information you are looking for.

The colours of some icons are representative of the disruption they are likely to cause; green is likely to cause little or no disruption, amber could cause some disruption and red is likely to cause disruption. To see more information about roadworks or an event, click the icon.

An information box will appear with information you need to know about the item you've selected like dates of the activity, location of the activity, who is responsible for it and so on. Scroll down the information box to see more information. Click the cross (top-right of the information box) to close it.

Some activities will have information documents you can download, particularly for road closures, where a public notice can be downloaded in the weeks prior to the road closure starting.

Roadworks information
Click an icon on the map and more information will appear

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Considerations when using the map to get information

Issues and considerations
Issue Consideration
There can be a delay in some information showing

Works by some utility companies are only registered during the working day; so an emergency gas leak and repairs with temporary lights starting at 6pm on a Friday, may not be registered and show on the map until the following Monday morning.

Planned activities have to be registered in advance, but in some cases do not have to be legitimately recorded until certain time periods before the activity is expected to start.

Roadworks can be plotted on multiple co-ordinates which aren't reflected on the map If work is taking place outside your property, there may not be an icon outside your property as well. Look along the extent of the road in question and there should be a relevant icon. Use the location information in the pop up box which should verify the extent of road being worked on.
Information is wrong or there is no information

Firstly, make sure you've set all the settings as guided in this material correctly, most of the time the information you need is available so long as you've set up your map correctly. Sometimes though there is a problem with the information, as most of the data is entered manually and whilst we aim to keep as much of the information accurate as possible, mistakes do happen.

Finally, where information appears to be "wrong", it actually may not be. This is because the data is partly operational and legislated and so in some instances the information presented on the map can be legitimately different to that seen on the road in real life. If something doesn't look right, please report it to us.

Too much information! Remember you can switch the different map layers on and off and set your chosen dates to try to keep the amount of information to a minimum and only to what you need.

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