DOZENS of city roads are set to be resurfaced in the summer as part of a multi-million pound scheme.
Worcestershire County Council’s Highways team started work on the £3.5million county-wide project in neighbouring Evesham today (Monday) and will move onto Worcester in June.
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 up to 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. The 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 that it can be done quickly thus cutting down on road or lane closures that cause inconvenience to motorists.
“We know from residents and businesses that improving of 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 that 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 resurfaced in Worcester:
Monday, June 9:
Queens Wood Drive
Tuesday, June 10:
Barnes Way and off shoot
Wednesday, June 11:
Thursday, June 12:
Friday, June 13:
Monday, July 28:
Tuesday, July 29:
Friday, August 1:
Northern Link Road