Multi-million pound Worcestershire road
improvement programme begins
The County Council's multi-million pound
surface dressing programme, which will see 1.78million square
metres of road surface improved across Worcestershire over the next
four months, has begun in Evesham and Pershore.
Workers kicked off the £3.8million scheme that's taking in
around 350 roads – the biggest of its kind ever – on Monday (April
Over the next few months they'll be
travelling quickly around carrying out the county carrying
out work in numerous locations.
Surface dressing is an effective tool when
it comes to cutting the numbers of potholes that could potentially
form in the future and because it's quick it help keeps any traffic
disruption to a minimum.
The process involves surfaces being treated
by a coating of bitumen to waterproof roads before one or more
layers of stone chipping are added to restore skid resistance.
Importantly, this is up to ten times cheaper than other methods of
repair meaning the taxpayer gets the best value for a quality
Roads across the county will be treated
until August when weather conditions should be at their best.
The main advantages of the work
- It prevents water from seeping into the
road foundation and weakening it, reducing the chances of potholes
developing and delaying the need for complete rebuilding of a
- It provides a good resistance to skidding
on smooth or slippery roads;
- Traffic can be allowed to run on the new
surface almost immediately, avoiding lengthy closures and
- The speed with which it can be laid
reduces delays to traffic.
Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "This is
the biggest surface dressing programme we've ever undertaken in
Worcestershire and I'm pleased to see it's now started. The numbers
of potholes on our roads have dropped substantially but we're not
getting complacent and by doing this work now it should prevent
repairs being necessary in the future.
"This type of improvement allows us to
catch roads half way through their life-span meaning they will last
longer. It's good news for those using the roads as this is a
proven and effective method of improvement, whilst at the same
time, it offers better value for money for the taxpayer.
"The crews will be doing their bit over the
next few months to get things done as quickly as possible to cut
any potential disruption to motorists."
Cllr Bob Banks, County Councillor
for Evesham South, said: "I've been out and about watching
the crews in action across my division. The improvement work they
are carrying out will make a big difference here in the town and,
as the project progresses, across Worcestershire."
Once work is completed motorists will need
to drive with caution at 20mph over such surfaces for the first 24
hours. Treated roads are then swept after initial 24 hours, then
again after a week.
Residents and traders near to sites are
being contacted in advance of work, which is subject to change at
short notice depending on weather conditions.
Anyone that spots a problem on the
road is encouraged to get in touch and report it through
the numerous channels now available, which, since February,
includes the facility for those with iPhone or Android smartphones
to contact the County Council there and then via the authority's
free app, which also works on the iPod Touch and
on the iPad.
To download the free Android App visit the
Android Market Site and search for Worcestershire County
Council. The iPhone App can be downloaded by visiting the
Apple Store and searching for Worcestershire County
In addition, residents can now use the
County Council's online reporting system at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportapothole.
The dedicated online section allows users to key in the nature of
the problem and its location as well as uploading images. Once
people have reported it online they can track how it's going
Anyone not able to log on to the website
can also call the Worcestershire Hub on 0845 607 2005 to report any
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