Surface dressing to take place on roads around Derbyshire

Published on: Friday, 22nd May 2020

Derbyshire County Council is to surface dress 16 miles of roads starting on 1 June and will take around eight weeks to complete.

In Erewash, work will be carried out on in Dale Abbey and Stanton-by-Dale, Potato Pit Lane, from Woodpecker Hill / Dale Rd to junction to Boyah Grange Farm and in Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale and Sanidiacre at No Man's Lane from the junction to Boyah Grange Farm to entrance to Park Farm     

Surface dressing extends the life of a road and prolongs the need for expensive resurfacing work.  Roads that are surface dressed can last for 10 to 15 years.  First any potholes are mended, then a layer of bitumen is laid which acts as the glue for the chippings that are rolled on top.

Driving over the chippings helps to further bed them in and any loose chippings are then swept away several weeks later. However, extra rolling will take place because of the reduced amount of traffic on the roads.

Roads can only be surface dressed when the weather is warmer and the materials can bind together more effectively and the chippings are less likely to be washed away by rain.  

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “We’ll be taking advantage of what we hope to be good summer weather and surface-dress around 16 miles of road around the county.  It’s important that we work to keep our roads in good condition and surface dressing is one of the ways we can do that.”

The workforce will adhere to social distancing and travel to sites in separate vehicles while carrying out the work.

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