Summer surface dressing to begin next month

Published
18.07.2016

Roads in twenty-three areas around Gloucestershire will be improved in August to prolong their life.

Surface dressing is an economical and commonly used way to extend the life of a road.

It improves skid resistance and road safety because the chippings which are added to the bitumen binder give increased grip.

The treatment works by sealing the surface of the road against water and air, which causes damage to the road over time.

Surface dressing is for roads that are nearing the end of their life, but haven't yet started to fail. You can't apply surface dressings to roads that have deteriorated significantly, so this means that roads being treated may be in a better condition than some others in the county.

This year Gloucestershire County Council is investing £2m into its summer scheme which will see more than 44 miles of county roads treated.

Highway crews will use 7633 tonnes of chippings and any loose chippings will be swept up and recycled.

All road markings are repainted soon after the work is complete.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "Surface dressing seals the road surface with bitumen and chippings in the most economical, sustainable, efficient and effective way. It's a great way of preventing potholes from appearing and we expect this work to save local taxpayers approximately £4.5 million in future road repairs."

In the majority of cases, the road will be closed while the works take place, which will usually be for one or two days and short diversions will be in place.

Although the programme is published in advance, the work is weather dependent, so the schedule may need to change at short notice. Any changes will appear both on online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/surfacedressing and on Twitter @GlosRoads

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