Road Maintenance

We undertake maintenance work to ensure that the highway is safe and keeps people and goods moving. There are numerous types of maintenance works undertaken, from resurfacing, repainting road markings and lighting and bridge repairs, to gritting in winter.

Report A Road Maintenance Fault

If the fault is causing an immediate danger to the safety of road users, it is classed as an emergency. You should contact us by telephone on  01572 722 577 to report an emergency rather than using our online forms. 

If you would like to report online please use our FixMyStreet Service

Types of Road Maintenance

Roads - Surface Dressing

Surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproofed road surfaces, helping to prevent future deterioration. 

We surface dress roads as it improves skid resistance, makes the road waterproof, extends the life of the carriageway surface by up to ten years and is is comparatively low-cost at just a fifth of the price of resurfacing.

Surface dressing work is undertaken between mid-March and the end of August because the process requires warm, dry weather to make sure the dressing becomes established. 

Loose chippings may initially cause a short term inconvenience to road users, as the speed limit is restricted to 20mph, but it's is important that  traffic is allowed onto the new surface so chippings  become fully embedded under the weight of vehicles. 

The new surface is left for 14 days to allow the chippings to embed, after which point any residual chippings can be swept up before road markings are repainted.    

It is important to keep to the temporary speed limits and avoid sharp turns, this will:

  • Allow the surface to stabilise
  • Prevent any damage to your vehicle

Roads – Pothole Repairs

A pothole is where the surface of the road has been eroded and a hollow has formed. 

The severity of the pothole and, therefore, the criteria for attention is determined by the risk it poses to road users. This is difficult to judge since all potholes present some risk. 

Factors taken into consideration are the size, depth, traffic type, speed and volume of the vehicles and where the pothole is in the road alignment.

Pothole Action Fund

We have been granted £106k funding for the year 2016/17 to reduce or prevent the number of potholes on our highway network.

This additional funding was used to increase the money available for pre-surface dressing patching, to make sure an adequate programme of surface dressing could be completed to prevent additional potholes occurring .

We used the funding, in addition to an allocated £245k of incentive funding, to provide a combined budget of £351k to complete pre-surface dressing patching, prior to the surface dressing of approximately 23km of the network in early 2017/18.

Pathways - Surface Dressing

Surface dressing is for sealing aged and ravelled pavements, filling minor cracks, restoring skid resistance and restoring aesthetic appeal. 

It may be used on residential streets, parking lots, driveways and any area that needs the pavement to be preserved.

Surface dressing is generally laid to a nominal depth of 6mm; comprising of a mix of bitumen emulsion, selected aggregates, water and an additive to control the speed of setting. 

The protective layer of slurry mixture is spread out over the pavement, levelled and then brushed to give the pavement a textured finish. 

The treatment should take between one and two hours to set before pedestrians can use the footway again. 

Any masking tape will be removed following completion of the works and this part of the process may take place much later in the day, or the following day. 

Highway Verges 

We are responsible for the maintenance of the grass verges adjacent to the adopted highway on both classified and unclassified roads throughout the county.