An innovative technique which repairs roads by recycling them will take place in North Somerset next month, as part of the council’s continuing commitment to improving roads.

Crews will be carrying out work on five roads in Easton-in-Gordano using a process called retread, recycling the existing road surface to create a new one.

During the works, the current road surface is broken down and then graded before being mixed with bitumen and re-laid. The new road surface is then compacted and chippings are rolled in.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “Retread is more environmentally friendly than other repair techniques in terms of energy consumption and carbon emissions, and uses less raw materials as it recycles what is already there.

“This also reduces the amount of time needed on site – meaning that road closures are kept to a minimum – and leads to financial savings as we don’t have to pay disposal costs for waste materials, ultimately benefitting council taxpayers.”

The roads being treated are The Poplars, Stoneyfields, Stoneyfield Close, Oak Grove and The Breaches.

Works are due to start on Monday 23 October and are expected to take 11 days to complete, with no work taking place during the weekend.

Each road will be closed while it is treated and this will be done in phases, with crews working between 9am and 5pm each day. Reasonable access will be maintained for residents and there will be traffic marshals on site.

The scheme is being carried out by Colas on behalf of Skanska, the council’s highways contractor, at a cost of approximately £130,000.

Keep up to date with what’s happening on North Somerset’s roads at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks

Press release by North Somerset Council.

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