Work begins on £2.5 million road improvement project across Rugby and the rest of Warwickshire

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HIGHWAYS teams have hit the road across the county to start Warwickshire County Council’s annual surface dressing programme.

Work started last week in the Stratford area and will later move onto Warwick, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth, and North Warwickshire districts.

The £2.5 million programme involves the application of a bitumen binder and stone chippings to the road surface to help prolong its serviceable life.

More than 270 sites, totalling some 1.4M square metres, are to be treated which include all categories of road from A roads to residential cul-de-sacs. The programme is scheduled to be completed by September.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “The surface dressing programme treats around 150 kilometres of road and is successful in cost effectively extending the life of our highways. Delivering the work through our unique contract provides a more efficient service and greater value for money to the taxpayer.

“This is the first time that Warwickshire’s innovative five-year highway maintenance contact has enabled the delivery of some highway services for Coventry City Council. Through this an additional 35 roads in Coventry have been surface dressed by our contractor in recent weeks.”

Balfour Beatty, the county council’s highway maintenance contractor, is carrying out the work.

Drivers are being reminded to drive at 10mph or less through areas being treated with surface dressing to help keep the workforce safe and to minimise the hazard of flying chippings picked up by tyres.

Residents whose roads are being treated will be notified by letter to help ensure roads are cleared of vehicles to allow the work to be carried out as quickly as possible.

After the initial surface dressing operation, and following the first vacuum-sweep of loose chippings within 24 hours, the roads are swept at seven days and six-week intervals to continue to ensure safety of all road users. Typically 10 per cent of chippings are swept up over the six-week period and recycled for use on other less busy rural roads to ensure no materials are wasted.

To find out more about when and where work will take place please visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/surfacedressing