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Summer surface dressing to begin this month

Published
10.08.2018

Twenty one roads around Gloucestershire will be improved this summer to prolong their life, as part of Gloucestershire County Council’s £150m investment into the county’s highways.

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This year Gloucestershire County Council is investing £3.1million into surface dressing, which will see more than 58km of county roads treated. The programme will run from 20th August to 31st August.

Surface dressing is an economical and commonly used way to extend the life of a road. The treatment uses bitumen and chippings to seal the surface of the road against water and air, which causes damage to the road over time. It improves skid resistance and road safety because the chippings which are added to the bitumen binder give increased grip.

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

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “This surface dressing scheme forms part of our £150m promise to improve Gloucestershire’s roads. Surface dressing seals the road surface with bitumen and chippings. It’s a great way of preventing potholes from appearing and will save taxpayers money 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, work can only be carried out in dry weather, so the schedule may need to change at short notice. Any changes will appear both on online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/surface-dressing and on social media (Twitter @GlosRoads, Facebook @Gloucestershire Roads).

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