27th Oct, 2016

Potholes to get a surface dressing

Evesham Editorial 1st May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

DOZENS of Vale roads are set to be resurfaced as part of a multi-million pound project.

Worcestershire County Council’s Highways team started work on the £3.5million county-wide scheme in Evesham on Monday (April 28) and are looking to complete the work by next month, before moving on to Worcester.

A total of 1.2million square metres of carriageway will be surface dressed, which involves spraying on a coating of bitumen to waterproof the roads, followed by one or more layers of stone chippings to restore skid resistance.

Council bosses say the method is ten times more cost effective for the taxpayer, causes minimum traffic disruption as most roads can be resurfaced in a couple of hours, and is less likely to develop potholes.

Once finished, the road can then be driven over with care and any loose chippings on the surface are swept within 24 hours and again after about a week. Road markings are then replaced.

Coun John Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, said: “Surface dressing allows us to catch roads half-way through their lifespan and extend them.

“It’s an excellent preventative maintenance measure that offers good value for the taxpayer, which has been used to successfully improve hundreds of miles of highway in Worcestershire over the last few years.

“One of the big advantages of this method is it can be done quickly thus cutting down on road or lane closures that cause inconvenience to motorists.

“We know from residents and businesses improving our highways is a priority. Over the last few years we have invested more than £50million in projects like this and the situation has improved but we are committed to continuing efforts.

“This winter was the wettest on record and, inevitably, that has meant some of our roads have suffered.”

Anyone who spots a pothole can log onto www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit to report it.

The following roads are set to be, or have already been, resurfaced:

Monday, April 28:

Ash Grove, Evesham

Forest Gate, Evesham

Woodlands, Evesham

Davis Road, Evesham

Tuesday, April 29:

Davis Road, Evesham

Ferry Lane/Boat Lane, Offenham

Three Cocks Lane, Offenham

Arrow Lane/Pebworth Road, North Littleton

Wednesday, April 30:

Long Marsdon Road, Pebworth

Mickleton Road, Honeybourne

Thursday, May 1:

Honeybourne to Bretforton, Bretforton

Manor Road, Wickhamford

Friday, May 2:

Pitchers Hill, Wickhamford

Tuesday, May 6:

Elmley Castle to Ashton Underhill, Elmley Castle

Wednesday, May 7:

Kersoe, Hanley Castle

Boston/Yessel Lane, Charlton

Ryden Lane, Charlton

Brook Lane, Charlton

Thursday, May 8:

Crest Hill, Harvington

Badgers Hill, Sheriffs Lench

Thorckmorton to Hill Throckmorton

Friday, May 9:

Wyre Hill, Wyre Piddle

Stonebow Road, Drakes Broughton

Saturday, May 10:

Hill Road, Pirton

Old Lane, Pirton

Allens Hill, Pinvin