Working year-round to maintain Worcestershire's roads

Ensuring roads across Worcestershire are fit for purpose, is an important part of Worcestershire County Council’s road maintenance programme. Published Friday, 24th May 2019

Ensuring roads across Worcestershire are fit for purpose, is an important part of Worcestershire County Council’s road maintenance programme.

As part of his Highways report at last week’s Council meeting, Councillor Alan Amos gave an update on road maintenance works across the county.

This included information on the surface dressing programme, which is now well under way and will take place throughout spring and summer.

Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: "Surface dressing is an essential part of our road maintenance programme. The process is used to improve the surface of the road and slow down deterioration.

“I appreciate that the process can be unpopular with residents during the initial installation however, once the road surface has ‘settled down’ over a number of weeks, the road surface is as good as new. Using this quick and efficient process means that disruption to all road users is kept to a minimum.

“Please keep an eye out for signs detailing works in your road and do what you can to help works run as smoothly as possible.”

Surface dressing is a very effective way of restoring the road surface to extend the life of an existing surface, prevent deterioration, improve skid resistance and seal the road against water preventing potholes forming in winter.

The programme started in and around the Evesham area last month and will next move onto Pershore and Malvern before heading to the north of the county. Overall, 250 sites will be treated during the works.

Signs will be displayed on roads prior to any work taking place.
Surface dressing works follow on from the winter gritting season, which came to an end last month. After 183 days in action and with over 5,000 tonnes of salt spread across the county, gritting crews parked-up their vehicles at 12 midnight on Sunday 14 April.

You can find out more about surface dressing at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/surfacedressing and stay up-to-date with the surface dressing schedule on Twitter @WorcsTravel