Surface damage and dressing
Changing weather makes road surfaces expand and contract, causing cracks which let in water and frost, which damage the surface and strength of the road.
Surface dressing prevents water getting into the cracks and provides a new skid-resistant surface, to help reduce the risk of accidents.
Surface dressing doesn’t smooth an already uneven road and it is not designed to strengthen the road.
The advantages of resurfacing are;
- The speed we can do the work
- Minimal traffic disruption
- Cost effective
Surface dressing work cannot be done in cold or wet conditions, so we carry out the work between April and September each year.
If no repairs are done the road structure could fail, leading to expensive and disruptive reconstruction work.
Working on your road
If we are surface dressing your road, we will write to you giving you as much notice as possible.
We will not close the road to residents, but vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be managed for your safety and that of the workforce. Bin collections should be mostly unaffected as access will be provided.
If you have a vehicle, do not park on the road from 7am to 7pm on the day of the work and the day afterwards, when we will be sweeping. The clearer the road, the quicker we can finish the job. We cannot advise on alternative places to park.
Drivers should try to avoid sudden braking or steering manoeuvres and it’s also important that you don’t walk on the surface until the end of the work.
If you get bitumen on your shoes it should come off with white spirit.
There will be some loose chippings on the surface for a while and any road markings will be restored as soon as possible.
We’ll do our best to keep any inconvenience to a minimum.