Work has started this week on a £2.7million scheme to improve roads across the East Riding and help prevent potholes from forming.
Over the next five months, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s highway maintenance team will work to upgrade road surfaces at 190 sites across the East Riding as part of the annual surface dressing programme.
Around 16,000 tonnes of stone chippings will be laid on around 750,000 square metres of roads, from major routes to rural and residential areas.
It is the equivalent of improving more than 80 miles of continuous road – almost twice as long as the route from Bridlington to Goole.
Surface dressing is carried out every year by the council between April and the end of August, as a quick and economical way of repairing and maintaining the surface to extend the life of the road.
The work 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 actively reduces the risk of potholes forming as it seals the road and stops water from entering and damaging the surface. It also improves skid resistance for vehicles.
Surface dressing is carried out during the spring and summer as it requires warmer temperatures for the bitumen and chippings to take effect.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Surface dressing is our first line of defence against potholes.
“This work plays a vital part in protecting our roads for the future and makes sure that motorists will benefit from an improved road network for years to come.
“We’d like to thank residents and motorists in advance for their patience while this year’s work is carried out.”
Residents and motorists notified in advance
Signs will be placed on all roads involved in the surface dressing a week before the work takes place.
The council appreciates residents’ support in removing parked vehicles from the road while the work is being carried out.
Disruption to traffic will be kept to a minimum, but 20mph speed limits will be in place 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 Department for Transport’s Pothole Action Fund and the Government’s Local Growth Fund secured by York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, following a successful bid by the council.
Loose chippings are recycled
After the surfacing dressing is complete, any loose stone chippings left behind don’t 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.
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