Shropshire Council

2017 surface dressing programme

This information is correct at the time of publishing but could be subject to change either due to circumstances beyond our control, or should other works come in that make it more efficient and less disruptive to reschedule

Closure details

  • Starts: 1 January 2017
  • Ends: 31 December 2017
  • Running: 24 hours
  • North Shropshire

Surface dressing (applying and rolling aggregate ‘chippings’ onto a bituminous binder) is a proven quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistance and waterproofing road surfaces and, as such, forms a major part of our annual road maintenance programme. The surface dressing season is due to commence this year on 12 June, with operations on-going until mid/late August.

166 sites have been identified for treatment across the county on all types of road, from urban cul-de-sacs to major 'A' and 'B' roads and, due to the limited width of some roads, over 50% of the sites will unfortunately require a temporary road closure in order for the works to be carried out safely. Other forms of temporary traffic management will include temporary signals with convoy working where appropriate and, for cul-de-sacs, limited access will be available.

For the majority of 'A' and 'B' roads (23 separate sites at the moment) centre line studs/cats eyes also need to be removed and replaced under a temporary closure. It’s envisaged that stud removal will take place overnight, followed by dressing and sweeping operations during the next couple of days, with the replacement of studs and road markings on some sites necessarily taking place up to ten days later. Again, this will be during one night's (9pm - 6am) road closure. In reality most of the closures will only be required for a few hours for the dressing operation, and we don’t envisage most being more than one day.

In order to keep affected residents and road users informed of when and how long closures will be in place the usual procedures will be in place – ie information letters delivered to affected residents and businesses and advance information signs on site at least ten days prior to due start date.