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Date: 18/06/2014

The £3.5million County Council roads improvement project is continuing to progress well with Worcestershire Highways teams heading into Worcester next week (June 16).

So far numerous roads in and around Evesham, Pershore and Malvern have been surfaced dressed as part of the summer-long project. This is the latest in a line of investments that has seen more than £50million worth of improvements take place since 2011.

Surface dressing is an effective treatment that involves the spraying on of a coating of bitumen to waterproof roads followed by one or more layers of stone chippings to restore skid resistance.

How the work is done:

Step 1 – A calibrated tanker sprays a thin film of hot, sticky bitumen onto the road surface.
Step 2 – A metered spreader then places hard stone chippings onto the hot bitumen.
Step 3 – These chippings are then lightly rolled and pressed into the bitumen to form an interlocking surface.

The road can then be driven over with care. Any loose chippings on the surface are swept within 24 hours and again after about a week. The road markings are then replaced.

Cllr John Smith OBE, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "The programme is coming along nicely and the teams will be heading into Worcester next week to start improvements in and around the city.

"Surface dressing is a great cost effective way of maintaining our county's roads. It's also efficient and can be done quickly cutting down on road or lane closures that cause inconvenience to motorists.

"We know from speaking to residents and businesses that improving the condition of our highways is a priority. We've invested more than £50million to projects like this over the last few years. The situation has improved but we're still committed and will continue our efforts."

The process of surface dressing is dependent on the weather and, as such, the schedule of works is dynamic and can change if conditions dictate.

For more information on this year's Surface Dressing Programme please visit and type in 'Surface Dressing' in the keyword search. The webpage includes answers to questions frequently asked and details on methods of repair employed by Worcestershire Highways teams.