Derbyshire County Council is to surface dress 16 miles of roads starting on 1 June and will take around eight weeks to complete.
Surface dressing extends the life of a road and prolongs the need for expensive resurfacing work. Roads that are surface dressed can last for 10 to 15 years. First any potholes are mended, then a layer of bitumen is laid which acts as the glue for the chippings that are rolled on top.
Driving over the chippings helps to further bed them in and any loose chippings are then swept away several weeks later. However, extra rolling will take place because of the reduced amount of traffic on the roads.
Roads can only be surface dressed when the weather is warmer and the materials can bind together more effectively and the chippings are less likely to be washed away by rain.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “We’ll be taking advantage of what we hope to be good summer weather and surface-dress around 16 miles of road around the county. It’s important that we work to keep our roads in good condition and surface dressing is one of the ways we can do that.”
The workforce will adhere to social distancing and travel to sites in separate vehicles while carrying out the work.
You can find out more about surface dressing at derbyshire.gov.uk/roadsurfacing
List of roads to be surface-dressed in order of work taking place:
Un-named section between Barmoor Clough to Peak Forest speed limit
Brierlow Road, from Burlow Road to B5053
Un-named section at Flagg Moor, from Blindlow Lane to Moor Lane
Ashford , Monyash
Horse Lane, from Chapel Street to C57 Hig Low
Long Rake, from The Rake to C141 Back Lane
B5054, from Long Rake to 310m SE of B5054 junction
Gunby Hill, from Grangewood Road to Lullington Road
Acresford Road, from A444 Cricketts Inn to Netherseal Village
Walton on Trent
Main Street, from 50mph signs to 500m in a NW direction.
Dale Abbey, Stanton by Dale
Potato Pit Lane, from Woodpecker Hill / Dale Rd to junction to Boyah Grange Farm
Dale Abbey, Stanton by Dale, Sandiacre
No Mans Lane, from the junction to Boyah Grange Farm to entrance to Park Farm
Belper Town (Belper Lane End)
Holymoorside and Walton/Wingerworth
B5057 Sydnope Hill