New multi-million road scheme gets underway

By Gary Smee 19/04 Updated: 19/04 12:42

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Buy photos » Ringway crew worker, Jim Murray, joins Coun Bob Banks and Coun John Smith at the start of the road dressing project. (s)

A MULTI-million pound scheme to improve hundreds of road surfaces got underway in the Vale this week

The project, which is set to cost £3.8million, will see 350 roads coated in bitumen to make them waterproof and one or more layers of stone chipping added to increase skid resistance.

Workers from Worcestershire County Council began in Evesham on Monday (April 16) by re-dressing roads around the Four Pools Industrial Estate and in the coming months numerous other roads in the town along with Pershore and Broadway will be improved.

Transport chiefs have said the surface dressing will help reduce the number of potholes and keep traffic disruption to a minimum because the work can be completed quickly.

It is also ten times cheaper than other repair methods.

The work will be carried out from now up until August when weather conditions should be at their best.

Coun John Smith, responsible for highways and transport in Worcestershire, said: "This is the biggest surface dressing programme we've ever undertaken in Worcestershire and I'm pleased to see it's now started.

"The numbers of potholes on our roads have dropped substantially but we're not getting complacent and by doing this work now it should prevent repairs being necessary in the future.

"This type of improvement allows us to catch roads half way through their life-span meaning they will last longer. It's good news for those using the roads as this is a proven and effective method of improvement, whilst at the same time, it offers better value for money for the taxpayer.

"The crews will be doing their bit over the next few months to get things done as quickly as possible to cut any potential disruption to motorists."

Once work is completed motorists will need to drive with caution at 20mph over such surfaces for the first 24 hours. Treated roads are then swept and again after a week.

Residents and traders near to sites are being contacted in advance of work, which is subject to change at short notice depending on weather conditions.

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