Shropshire Council

2018 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 2018
  • Ends: 31 December 2018
  • Running: Daytime
  • South Shropshire

The 2018 surface dressing season is due to start on 22 June and continue until the end of August.

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. It forms a major part of our annual road maintenance programme and, along with resurfacing, plays an important part in preventing potholes forming on the county’s roads.

In total 61 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.

Due to the limited width of some roads, over 43% of the sites will unfortunately require a temporary road closure for the works to be carried out safely. Where road closures aren't necessary, other forms of temporary traffic management will be in place, including temporary signals with convoy working where appropriate. On cul-de-sacs limited access will be available.

For the majority of A and B roads (currently 20 separate sites) centre line studs/cat’s 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 following couple of days.

The replacement of studs and road markings on some sites will necessarily take place up to ten days later. Again, this will be during one night’s (9pm to 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.

As well as improving and protecting our road surfaces, this important programme of work plays a crucial role in helping to prevent potholes and other defects forming in the future. Pothole treatment is very much about prevention as well as cure, and this is one important way that we can aim to prevent potholes forming next winter.

The programme of work may alter due to wet weather or other unforeseen events.

Information letters will be delivered to affected residents and businesses, and advance information signs will be on site at least ten days prior to the due start date.

We're spending around £6 million this year on resurfacing and surface dressing the county’s roads, ranging from unclassified rural roads to town centre roads to main ‘A’ roads. For more information, take a look at our blog/video.