This year’s surface dressing programme has been completed – prolonging the life of 107 miles of rural roads across Dorset.
Dorset Highways’ dedicated gang of 20 men – with their specialist fleet of vehicles – visited 80 sites between April and September to seal them from water and restore skid resistance.
Around 12,000 tonnes of chippings were laid by the purpose-built Pheonix spreaders and 1,300 tonnes of bitumen emulsion was spread by the spray tanker, to improve the condition of Dorset County Council’s C and D class roads.
The successful season of surface dressing also included treating 18 miles of the main road (A&B) network.
Councillor Peter Finney, Cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and highways, said: “Although this £2million programme of work has finished, we are still carrying out resurfacing, patching and other structural maintenance as part of our overall £15million investment in Dorset’s infrastructure.
“I know our repair work causes disruption – particularly with closing narrow roads for treatment – and I’d like to thank drivers for their patience.”
Surface dressing is a treatment where hot bitumen is sprayed by a tanker onto the road, followed immediately by a spread of 10mm chippings and then topped up by a spread of 6mm chippings, to fill any gaps. A roller then travels across the surface to compact the material down.