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Roads - surface dressing
Surface dressing is a cost effective way of restoring the road surface and sealing it in one process. Every year the County Council improves its 9,000km of roads with a programme of surface dressing. Surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproofing road surfaces so arresting future deterioration.
Why and when?
The purposes of surface dressing are to waterproof the road surface, to delay disintegration, to provide texture, and provide a skid-resistant surface.
Unfortunately surface dressing is not popular with road users, this is mainly because of the loose chippings which are an inevitable part of this process. However the speed of the surface dressing operation and the short duration of time during which motorists are inconvenienced is also an important benefit as to its use.
We undertake surface dressing because it:
Surface dressing work is undertaken between mid-March and finishes by the end of August each year. This is because the process requires warm dry weather to make sure the dressing becomes established.
Loose chippings may initially be a problem and this is why there is a speed limit of 20mph during the early life of the dressing. It is important that when driving you keep to the temporary speed limits and avoid sharp turns, this will:
Roads surface dressing - frequently asked questions