Repairs to Northumberland roads

Surface dressing is to take place on the county's roads from now until August.
Surface dressing is to take place on the county's roads from now until August.

Around 34 miles of Northumberland’s roads will be targeted for improvement in the county council’s annual surface-dressing programme.

The works, covering approximately 300,000 square metres of carriageway, will be carried out between now and August as part of the council’s programme of highways improvements.

During the work, there may be minor delays experienced by road users, however, these will be kept to a minimum. Motorists are reminded to take extra care and follow the advisory speed limit signs on the recently surface-dressed roads until essential road sweeping has taken place. Signs warning of the surface-dressing works will be in place at the various locations several days prior to the works taking place.

Included among the principal roads to be dressed are a 2km stretch of the A1068 from Lesbury to Hawkhill Bridge and the A697 between the north of Longhorsley and Linden Hall.

Other roads to be repaired in the north of the county are at Belford Mains; between the A1 and Beal railway crossing; from Longhorsley to Croftside; the B6346 from Eglingham to Shipley Lane; the B6470 in Norham; the B6341 between Debdon and the Moor House crossroads; Craster to Windyside Hill; Doddington to Redscar.

Surface dressing is only used where the existing road surface has been worn over a period of several years. Usually there are minor surface cracks, allowing water to enter and cause damage which would reduce the skidding resistance of the road surface. Surface dressing seals the cracks, protecting the underlying construction, and restores the surface texture and skidding resistance of the road. The ideal time to surface dress is when the road may appear in good condition, which ensures a sound surface to accept the dressing, and when road-surface temperatures are higher to ensure the chippings are retained.

For more information, visit the county council’s roadworks page.