Preventing potholes: £10.4m to seal hundreds of miles of Norfolk roads as 2018 surface dressing work starts next week

12 April 2018

Work is starting next week to add a new seal to more than 320 miles of Norfolk’s roads this spring and summer.  The £10.4m surface dressing scheme will extend the life of the roads and provide a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, said:  “In total we are set to spend £21,278,309 looking after and improving Norfolk’s roads this year.  On top of the planned £10.4m surfacing work we are now likely to be able to do quite a few miles extra thanks to the £3.4m funding for Norfolk roads that the government announced last month.

“Giving hundreds of miles of our road surfaces a new seal helps to prevent potholes opening up so is a really important part of the work we do to maintain our vital infrastructure.

“Our teams do this work between April and September every year while the weather is warmer, and we always aim to get the holiday areas and main roads treated first so they are complete before the start of the busy summer season.”

Gangs will be starting this year’s work on Thursday 19 April in Syderstone in the north west of the county and the Hopton, Bradwell and Walcott areas in the east.

A thin layer of bitumen and chippings is laid onto the road, stopping water penetration and reducing the number of potholes caused by frost.  The action of vehicles passing over the new surface plays an important part in helping to new surface to settle in.

People are urged to drive slowly and considerately across the new surface until it is bedded in and highway teams return a few days later to sweep up the loose stones.

Where possible the work is planned away from busy roads during peak periods, but because the surfacing is fast-moving and may be suspended during bad weather, it is hard to give road users early warning of where the crews will be working.

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.

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

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