Public Information Notice - Annual surface dressing work starts this week
13 April 2021
Road users are being advised that work starts this week on the annual spring and summer surface dressing project. This year 305 miles of Norfolk’s roads will get a new seal to extend the life of the road, prevent potholes opening up, and provide a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.
The work is carried out between April and September every year while the weather is warmer. The team aims to get the holiday areas and main roads treated first so they are complete before the start of the summer season.
Crews will be starting work on Thursday, 15 April, in the Caister, Ormesby St Margaret, Blofield and Mautby areas.
The new seal consists of a thin layer of bitumen and chippings which is laid onto the road. This helps prevent water penetration and potholes.
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 a few days later to sweep up the loose stones.
The County Council thanks people for their patience while this essential work is underway.
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.