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Surface Dressing 2012

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.

Surface Dressing Road Improvements 2012Workers kicked off the £3.8million scheme that's taking in around 350 roads – the biggest of its kind ever – on Monday (April 16).

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 job.

Roads across the county will be treated until August when weather conditions should be at their best.

The main advantages of the work are:

  • 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 road;
  • 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 disruption 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 Council.

In addition, residents can now use the County Council's online reporting system at 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 highways issues.

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This page was last reviewed 19 April 2012 at 11:27.
The page is next due for review 16 October 2013.