A MAJOR ROAD SURFACE REPAIR and surface dressing programme has been completed for the year.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Highways Maintenance Team has completed its surface dressing programme for the year, repairing and improving approximately 120km (74 miles) of highway across the area.
This season’s programme was completed on time despite the various challenges posed by one of the wettest summers on record. The process relies upon warmer, drier weather to be successful and the team worked hard to ensure that the overall programme was completed within the ‘summer’ period.
The East Riding operates its own specialist plant and equipment, which enables partnership working across the region, and saw the council again delivering similar repair works for City of York Council and, for the first time, Hull City Council.
Surface dressing is preceded by patching works to address any structural defects in the road, once applied it provides a uniform appearance, improved skid resistance and sealing the road from water ingress.
Highways maintenance in the East Riding of Yorkshire had been under significant pressure due to the size of the roads network and ongoing impact of severe weather events in previous years. The GMB trade union nationally had identified the East Riding Council area as having some of the worst roads in England!
Highways repairs had also been one of the top priorities identified at the council’s advisory budget conferences held during November and December 2011. At the council’s Cabinet Meeting in July 2012 it was agreed that an additional £3.3m be set aside for highways maintenance.
Surface dressing provides a value for money and pro-active approach by sealing roads, reducing reactive repair works and protecting the road network from winter frost damage. Surface dressing is in line with national initiatives for undertaking preventative works to reduce overall road maintenance costs.