“Surface dressing is a major part of our annual maintenance programme” said Cllr Elfan AP Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways.
“It extends the life of the road by up to 10 years, protecting it from water damage and preventing it from worsening and needing a much more expensive repair in the future – making it an effective and efficient road treatment. It also enhances the skid resistance of the road surface, improving road safety.”
Surface dressing is a type of treatment used on roads where the structure is sound but the surface has started to deteriorate.
During the treatment the road is sprayed with bitumen, covered with gritstone chippings and then rolled to embed the chippings. Surface dressing is carried out during the summer months as the materials bond to the road surface more effectively in warm weather.
Excess chippings are swept up to be re-used in the following year’s programme. The first sweep takes place within 48 hours of the treatment and is followed by two more sweepings within the following 28 days.
The following roads are due to be treated:
- B3124 Clevedon Road from Clevedon to Portishead (between the junction with Holly Lane and the roundabout by Gordano School)
- B3133 Kenn Road, Clevedon (between the Southern Way roundabout and the bridge crossing the M5)
- Sandmead Road and Churchill Green, Winscombe/Churchill
- North Road and A369 Abbots Leigh Road (between the junctions with Home Farm Road and Harris Lane), Abbots Leigh
- Oxhouse Lane, Failand
- Yanley Lane, Long Ashton
- Highridge Road and Upton Lane, Dundry
- Kingston Lane, Winford
- The Rhodyate, Christon Road and Whitley Road, Banwell
- Banwell/Christon Road, Christon
- Sevier Road, Loxton
- Barton Road, Winscombe
- Sand Road, Kewstoke
- Hillend, Hutton.
Each road will need to be closed while the works take place so that crews can work safely. Prior to the surface dressing taking place, crews will also visit each location to carry out preparatory works and will visit the sites after the treatment has been carried out to reinstate road markings.
Surface dressing is weather dependent so the schedule is subject to change. You can check the latest dates for both the pre-treatment works and the surface dressing by visiting www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks. During the surface dressing, there will be daily updates on the council’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.
“The roads will be safe to drive on after they have been treated as long as drivers adhere to the 20mph advisory speed limit” added Cllr Ap Rees. “This will help prevent damage to cars and the new surface.
“However, bitumen can be easily picked up on footwear, pushchairs, wheelchairs and pet’s paws and carried into houses. So people should avoid walking on a road until the bitumen has set and should take care to keep children and pets away from treated areas.”
The cost of the programme is £800,000 and it’s being delivered by Skanska, the council’s highway maintenance contractor