The council’s highways team started work on Tuesday (8 May) on a four-month scheme to improve road surfaces at 170 sites across the East Riding, from major routes to rural and residential areas.
Around 15,000 tonnes of stone chippings will be laid on around 660,000 square metres of roads this year.
It is the equivalent of resurfacing more than 70 miles of continuous road, which is further than the length of the route from Bridlington to Goole.
The surface dressing process requires warmer temperatures and is carried out by the council between May and mid-August every year to repair and maintain surfaces in order to extend the life of the road.
The work will be carried out by the council’s highway maintenance team and involves spraying hot, sticky bitumen on to the road, spreading chippings on top, and then using a roller to press them into the road.
The process helps to reduce the risk of potholes forming by helping to seal the road against water damage, and improves skid resistance for vehicles.
Councillor John Barrett, the council’s portfolio holder for operational services, said: “Our annual surface dressing programme plays a vital part in protecting our roads for the future and preventing potholes in these areas.
“Residents and motorists will benefit from these road improvements and we would like to thank them in advance for being patient while this year’s work is carried out.”
Residents and motorists notified
Signs will be placed on the roads involved in the surface dressing a week before work takes place.
The council appreciates residents’ support in removing vehicles while the work is being carried out.
Disruption to traffic will be kept to a minimum, but 20mph speed limits will be in place in areas where work is being carried out to protect both the travelling public and the council’s workforce.
This year’s surface dressing programme has been funded through the council’s planned highways maintenance allocation, as well as contributions from the Government’s Pothole Action Fund, the Safer Roads Fund and funding secured through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund from the Department for Transport to improve the condition of ‘A’ roads in the East Riding.
Recycling loose chippings
After the surfacing dressing is complete, any loose stone chippings that are left behind do not go to waste.
The council sends its mechanical road sweepers along each road to collect up all the loose chippings, which then go into storage.
Every two years the council hires a giant industrial washing and grading machine to clean all the loose chippings so they can be recycled and reused on the roads the following year.
The process recycles more than 7,000 tonnes of chippings and saves around £60,000 of council tax payers’ money.