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Surface Dressing, GripFibre and Microsurfacing


Surface Dressing Phase 2 - the machine will now arrive at the county on 4 August. Please see the updated programme for dates about the closure outside of your house.

Surface dressing 2020

Fifty-five roads around Gloucestershire will be improved from June 2020 to prolong their life.

The programme will be delivered in two phases. The first phase included 24 sites and finished on 6th July. The next part of the programme will start on 27 July for approximately three weeks.

Surface dressing is a 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.

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.

Advice to motorists and other highways users

  • Drive carefully over the new surface and to prevent damage to vehicles.
  • Drive at less than 20mph.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Do not overtake.

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 online and on social media: TwitterFacebook.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis our letter drop was suspended to reduce any risk of cross-contamination, so we apologise if you haven't received a letter from us. This service has now resumed from w/c 22 June. Advance notice boards will be erected a few days prior the planned works on all sites.

GripFibre treatment

Gripfibre offers an effective and safe treatment, for example on variable substrates and winding roads. It has been proven to have exceptional retained skid resistance and durability values. Work can only be carried out in dry weather. Up to date programme is published here and any changes will also appear on social media.



This type of treatment is generally used on urban roads and lasts up to 10 years. Micro-surfacing is applied in dry, moderate to warm weather conditions. This means that the programme may change at short notice if weather conditions are not suitable; please check regularly this webpage for any updates.

Please be aware that the crew may work on several sites each day; they may not arrive on your road until later that morning.

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