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Surface dressing season comes to a close

A Worcestershire Highways lorry travelling along a road. Published Thursday, 11th August 2022

More than 120 miles of roads have been resurfaced in Worcestershire by the County Council this year – the equivalent of travelling from Worcester to Buckingham Palace. 

More than 120 miles of roads have been resurfaced in Worcestershire by the County Council this year – the equivalent of travelling from Worcester to Buckingham Palace. 

Nearly 170 roads across the county have been treated during this year’s programme, despite challenges brought about by the extreme hot weather and high temperatures.

The Surface Dressing Programme started in April and moved around the towns and villages of Worcestershire concluding this month (August). 

Councillor Mike Rouse, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport, said, ‘’Our teams are incredibly dedicated and have worked really hard this year in some challenging conditions. I’m delighted that another successful programme of surface dressing works has been completed, it’s vital preventative work and without it we’d be carrying out far more disruptive and costly reactive work on a more regular basis. This year’s programme means over 120 miles of road will have been resealed before winter to extend the life of an existing surface, prevent deterioration, improve skid resistance, protecting the road against water preventing potholes forming in winter.’’

Surface dressing is a nationally recognised maintenance technique for sealing a road, improving skid resistance and preventing water getting under the surface. 

This is crucial to help prevent potholes forming and prolong the life of the road. It works by coating an existing road with bitumen, covering it with stone chippings and then rolling it.

The Surface Dressing process is highly weather dependent and can often be delayed due to rain or soaring temperatures. 

Residents and businesses are usually given a generous operational ‘window’ during which the works will take place to enable the delivery of works to be flexible. 

You can find out more about surface dressing on the dedicated Surface Dressing pages of the Council's website.