Surface dressing to maintain and protect roads is due to start in Richmondshire on Friday, 29 June, as part of our annual programme.
Each year, the county council improves stretches of the county’s 5,350 miles of roads with a programme of surface dressing between April and October. This year, about 350 miles will be surface dressed across the county, with more than 50 of these in Richmondshire.
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.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “Surface dressing is comparatively low-cost at 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. The speed of the operation and its long-term benefits, as well as the short time for which motorists are inconvenienced, are important factors.
“However, the procedure requires the cooperation of drivers. It is important that traffic is allowed onto the new surface because the loose chippings need traffic to push them fully into the road. 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.
Separately, the county council has been awarded extra funding from the Government this year for the repair and prevention of potholes. This is in addition to the authority’s ongoing maintenance budget and is being allocated to projects across the county, including resurfacing schemes in Richmondshire costing about £540,000. These include: the C31 Bedale Road, Scotton; the A6136 Dundas Street, Richmond; the A6136, Station Road, Richmond, to the Station; the A6136 Gough Road to Camp Centre; Cravengate, Richmond; Hurgill Road, Richmond, and various further locations in the district.