Road surfacing and dressing

We maintain the county's roads using extensive programmes of patching, resurfacing, reconstruction and surface dressing.

When carrying out repairs on:

  • potholes or replacing a smooth/worn-out road edge we use patching and replace the top 4cm
  • large areas we resurface the road and replace the top 4cm normally under a road closure
  • a substantially failed road we reconstruct it replacing all layers normally under a full road closure

Surface dressing takes place from April to August.

View our surface dressing programme.

Surface dressing

Surface dressing is an effective way of maintaining roads. It uses chippings rolled into a layer of hot bitumen. The benefits are that it:

  • improves skid resistance and makes the road safer
  • waterproofs and protects the road against winter damage
  • extends the life of the surface by up to 10 years
  • costs one-fifth of the price of resurfacing
  • prevents the need for more expensive work

View all planned roadworks.