Summer roads scheme starts in Northumberland

Surface dressing is set to take place across Northumberland this summer.
Surface dressing is set to take place across Northumberland this summer.

Around 53 miles of roads are set to be improved through Northumberland County Council’s annual surface-dressing programme.

Surface dressing is used where the existing road surface has worn over a period of several years. This can lead to minor surface cracks, allowing water to enter and cause damage which can 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. Where required, teams have also carried out patching along the length of road before the surface-dressing treatment takes place.

This year’s programme, in which the council has invested almost £2million, will see road surfaces improved from the Scottish border down to the south-east corner of the county and across into Tynedale.

In terms of principal roads, it includes an 815-metre stretch of the A1068 at Red Row/West Chevington and a 1.3km stretch of the A697 at Ford.

The other locations in the northern area are below, followed by the length of the stretch to be dressed in metres:

C76 Littlemill to Hocket Well, 1,520

B1339 Longhoughton 30mph limits north to Howick junction, 960

B1340 Bamburgh to Seahouses, 3,262

U3033 Hazon, 3,860

B6346 Eglingham Hall, 2,870

B6348 Weetwood Road, Wooler, 3,280

C90 Bridge of Aln to Garminedge Bank, 2,050

C94 Bilton, 1,230

In the central area, work will include the following:

U6004 A1 to Eshott, 2,300

B6343 Dyke Neuk to Temple Thornton, 2,695

C107 Chevington Moor crossroads north, 2,265

The full list of schemes, including the reserve projects, can be found here.
This work forms part of the council’s Local Transport Plan Programme, a £20million investment for 2017/18 to maintain and improve the county’s highway and transport network.

David Laux, head of technical cervices at the council, said: "We’re committed to doing everything we can to provide quality repairs to our county's roads in the most cost-effective way. These more minor roads are often lifelines between rural communities and it's vital they are kept in a good state of repair. This annual programme of surface dressing will see improvements to roads across the county."