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Surface Dressing

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Summer surface dressing 2019

Twenty-eight roads around Gloucestershire will be improved from summer 2019 to prolong their life.

This year Gloucestershire County Council is surface dressing more than 110km of county roads.

The programme will be delivered in two phases. The first phase included 15 sites and was completed on Friday 5th July. The next part of the programme will start on 1st August for approximately two weeks.

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.

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

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 on online in our Surface Dressing Programme document and on social media: TwitterFacebook.

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