After delays due to the wet weather we are about to start restoring more than 50 miles of road surfaces across the County. And in a first for Notts we'll be using a combination machine which enables the work to be completed much more quickly than previously.
We'll be surface dressing three times more roads than we did last year - a move that will significantly help prevent potholes forming.
Surface dressing is a low-cost treatment of spraying on a coating of bitumen to waterproof the road surface, followed by one or more layers of stone chippings to restore skid resistance.
Surface dressing has many advantages over other repair methods:
- the waterproofing prevents water getting into the road foundation which tends to cause weakening and potholes
- traffic can be allowed to run on the new surface almost immediately, avoiding lengthy closures and disruption
- it is up to ten times cheaper than other methods of restoring road surfaces
The new equipment and technology means less loose chippings and a stronger, better surface.
Whilst we can't totally stop potholes - the British weather sees to that! - surface dressing allows us to reduce the number and make the problem more manageable.
Find out where we'll be surface dressing this year.