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Surface Dressing, GripFibre and Microsurfacing


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Surface Dressing

Surface dressing is a commonly used way to extend the life of a road across many authorities. 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.

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. Please see included Surface Dressing leaflet for more information about this treatment. Works extents can be found on our interactive map here or below. 

Scheme Number and Name Location

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. The sites will be completed in the same order as published. Any programme changes will appear both online and on social media: TwitterFacebook.

Please be aware that the crew may work on several sites each day, therefore they may not arrive at your location until later in the day.

Advice to motorists and other highways users

  • Drive/Ride carefully over the new surface to prevent damage to vehicles/bikes from loose chippings.
  • Drive/Ride at less than 20mph.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Do not overtake.

Bus service

If you use a regular bus service which travels the road being surface dressed, there may be disruption to this bus route.


Other Treatments


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. 



This type of treatment is generally used on urban roads (residential areas) and lasts up to 10 years. It is laid over the top of the existing surface to seal and protect it. Micro-surfacing is applied in dry, moderate to warm weather conditions. 


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