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Public information notice: Norfolk's annual road surface dressing work now underway

Norfolk County Council, 26 April 2023 00:00

Work is now underway across Norfolk on the annual spring and summer surface dressing project. The work is carried out between April and September every year while the weather is warmer.

This year 280 miles of Norfolk's roads will get a new seal to help prevent potholes opening up, extend the life of the road, and provide a new skid-resistant surface to reduce the risk of accidents.

The team aims to get the holiday areas and main roads treated first so they are complete before the start of the summer season. The warm, dry weather over the past week has allowed 190,000 square metres of work to be completed so far, mainly in areas in West Norfolk and around Greater Norwich.

The new seal consists of a thin layer of bitumen and chippings which is laid onto the road. This helps prevent water penetration and helps stop potholes opening up.

People are urged to drive slowly and considerately across the new surface until it is bedded in and highway teams return to sweep up the loose stones. The action of vehicles passing over the new surface plays an important part in helping the new surface to settle in.

The County Council thanks people for their patience while this essential road surface maintenance work is underway.

Further information

People living along the routes which are to be given a new seal will receive notification a day or two before the crews arrive. They will be asked not to park on the road on the day of the surface dressing work, or on the following day when surplus chippings will be swept up. There is the chance for people to say what they think afterwards via the County Council's website, or on a response card which will be delivered to a proportion of residents.

A 20mph speed restriction is imposed during work and on freshly laid surface dressing for safety reasons.

The work will be carried out by Norfolk County Council's Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors. 

For more information visit our Surface dressing webpage

Last modified: 14 May 2024 12:45

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