Surface dressing to begin to protect roads in Selby area

North Yorkshire County Council will begin its annual programme of surface dressing to maintain and protect roads in the Selby area on Saturday, 8 April.

North Yorkshire County Council will begin its annual programme of surface dressing to maintain and protect roads in the Selby area on Saturday, 8 April.

Each year, the county council improves stretches of the county's 9,000km of roads with a programme of surface dressing between April and October.

Surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproof road surfaces, helping to prevent deterioration. It involves spraying bitumen onto the road surface then covering it with a layer of chippings. The process can extend the life of a road by up to ten years.

Barrie Mason, Assistant Director for Highways and Transportation, said: "Surface dressing is comparatively low-cost at just a fifth of the price of resurfacing. This means we can treat a much larger proportion of the road network each year, preventing the need for much more expensive work later.

"We know the process is not popular with some drivers, mainly because of loose chippings, but the speed of the operation and its long-term benefits, as well as the short time for which motorists are inconvenienced, are important factors.

"It is important that traffic is allowed onto the new surface because chippings need traffic to fully push them into the road. However, it is also important that drivers keep to the speed limit to allow the surface to stabilise and to avoid damage to their vehicles. That is why we put in place a 20mph speed limit during the early life of the dressing."

After dressing, the new surface is left for seven days to allow the chippings to embed then any residual chippings can be swept up before road markings are repainted.

Information boards will be erected in the areas where work is to take place and letters will be delivered to affected properties. The work will be subject to weather conditions.

Full schedule to roads to be treated in Selby area

Location Town Road no. Duration Start date Finish date
Brayton Lane Brayton C322 1.5 days Sat 08/04/1 Sun 09/04/1
Leeds Road Selby A1238 0.5 days Sun 09/04/17 Sun 09/04/17
Drax Airmyn link road, Padcoat Camblesforth A645 3 days Mon 10/04/17 Wed 12/04/17
Hillam Lane Hillam C323 3.5 days Thu 13/04/17 Thu 20/04/17
Naburn to Stillingfleet Stillingfleet B1222 1 day Thu 20/04/17 Fri 21/04/17
Cawood Road Stillingfleet C207 1.5 days Fri 21/04/17 Sat 22/04/17
Wheldrake Lane Escrick C303 1 day Sun 23/04/17 Sun 23/04/17
Skipwith to Thorganby Thorganby C303 3 days Mon 24/4/17 Wed 26/4/17
South Duffield Road Osgodby C318 1 day Thu 27/4/17 Thu 27/4/17
Drax Airmyn link road Camblesforth A645 2 days Fri 28/4/17 Tue 2/5/17
Cobcroft Lane Cridling Stubbs C335 1 day Wed 3/5/17 Wed 3/5/17
Birkin Lane Birkin C329 1 day Thu 4/5/17 Thu 4/5/17
Cawood 2016 sites Cawood   0.5 days Fri 5/5/17 Fri 5/5/17
Moor Lane Ryther U782 1 day Fri 5/5/17 Sat 6/5/17
Wighill Lane Tadcaster C288 0.5 days Sat 6/5/17 Sat 6/5/17
A659 Tadcaster A659 1 day Sun 7/5/17 Sun 7/5/17
Newton Kyme village Newton Kyme   0.5 days Mon 8/5/17 Mon 8/5/17
Coulton Lane Appleton Roebuck C290 1.5 days Mon 8/5/17 Tues 9/5/17

This story was published 3 April 2017