Getting roads ready for winter

A month-long programme of road surface improvements will take place throughout August as part of North Somerset Council’s ongoing commitment to investing in the area’s roads.

This year the council’s road surface treatment programme runs throughout August and will include both surface dressing and micro asphalt works to fill minor surface irregularities and restore surface condition on 26 of North Somerset’s roads, which equates to just under 119,000m2 of roads being treated.

Surface dressing and micro asphalt works will take place on several roads where the structure of the road is good but the very top surface is beginning to wear. Both treatments can be carried out quickly to minimise traffic disruption.

The works will improve road safety by increasing skid resistance, as well as extend the life of the roads by providing a new top surface which is water tight, helping prevent further deterioration which would cost a lot more to fix in the future.

“Surface treatments are one of the most effective and economical ways we maintain and restore road surface condition because only the very top layer needs treating,” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, executive member for highways.

“Carrying out the treatment programme now means our roads are better protected in time for winter.”

The programme of works is due to continue throughout August, but is weather dependent. Most roads will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm and in some instances will involve overnight weekend working. The roads which will be treated are:

• A370 – Jubilee Inn to Stancombe Lane, Flax Bourton
• B3124 – Clevedon Road, Portishead
• B3124 – Wellington Terrace, Castle Road and Holly Lane, Clevedon
• B3130 – Southern Way and Old Church Road, Clevedon
• Backwell Bow, Nailsea
• Backwell Common, Backwell
• Chapel Hill, Backwell
• Cotswold Close, Portishead
• Elm Tree Road, Locking
• Forester Road, Portishead
• Greenacre, Weston-super-Mare
• Hern Lane, Long Ashton
• Kent Road, Congresbury
• Lodge Lane, Flax Bourton
• Mendip Road, Weston-super-Mare
• Norfolk Road, Portishead
• Sandford Road, Weston-super-Mare
• Stocksway South, Nailsea
• Tudor Road, Portishead
• Valley Road, Portishead
• West Links Close, Weston-super-Mare
• Westaway Close, Yatton
• Wild Country Lane, Long Ashton

Residents will be notified when works will be carried out on their road with letter drops and signs erected on site to remind motorists not to park on the road when works are due to take place.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “The work will take place under road closures so the resurfacing can be carried out safely. We ask that drivers take care, drive slowly and observe the temporary speed limit signs.

“Staff will be onsite throughout the works to advise motorists and residents of access arrangements. We have also asked our contractors to do everything they can to minimise disruption.”

The surface treatment works are being carried out by Kielys for both processes, working on behalf of our term maintenance contractor Skanska.

The total cost is £631,008 (micro asphalt at £150,369 and surface dressing £480,639)

Surface treatment works are very much dependent on the weather and so this rolling programme needs to be highly flexible. This means that in periods of changeable weather the planned start dates can change several times.

To keep up to date on when the works will be carried out, visit our roadworks page, www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks .

You can also follow the works on the council’s social media pages, North Somerset Travel and Roads, where there will be updates on how the works are progressing.

Press release by North Somerset Council.

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