£10.3m to seal hundreds of miles of Norfolk roads as 2019 surface dressing work starts next week
11 April 2019
Work starts next week on the annual spring and summer surface dressing project. This year more than 310 miles of Norfolk’s roads will get a new seal to extend the life of the road and provide a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.
Nick Tupper, Assistant Director for Highways, said: “This is a really important part of the work we do to maintain our vital infrastructure so this year we will be spending £10.3m on surface dressing. 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.”
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.
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 the 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 to sweep up the loose stones.
Crews will be starting work next week, from Monday 15 April, in the Walpole and Walpole Cross Keys areas in West Norfolk. Teams will then move on to the Syderstone Hopton, Bradwell and Walcott areas. From early the following week work will get underway in the Upper Sheringham, East and West Beckham, Fritton & St Olaves and Horning areas.
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 County Council thanks people for their patience while this essential work is underway.
The work will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.