Twenty five roads around Gloucestershire will be improved this summer to prolong their life.

This year Gloucestershire County Council is investing £1.335m into surface dressing, which will see more than 81km of county roads treated.  The programme will run from 19th to 30th July.

Surface dressing is an economical and commonly used way to extend the life of a road. The treatment works by sealing the surface of the road against water and air, which causes damage to the road over time.

It improves skid resistance and road safety because the chippings which are added to the bitumen binder give increased grip.

Surface dressing is for roads that are nearing the end of their life, but haven’t yet started to fail. You can’t apply surface dressings to roads that have deteriorated significantly, so this means that roads being treated may be in a better condition than some others in the county.

All road markings are repainted soon after the work is complete.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said, “Surface dressing seals the road surface with bitumen and chippings. It’s a great way of preventing potholes from appearing and we expect this work to save local taxpayers in future road repairs.”

In the majority of cases, the road will be closed while the works take place, which will usually be for one or two days and short diversions will be in place.

Although the programme is published in advance, work can only be carried out in dry weather, so the schedule may need to change at short notice. Any changes will appear both on online at and on Twitter @GlosRoads

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Alex Francis

Let’s hope this will not be as disastrous as the last time we had this done. The road surface outside my house at the Hemplands still melts at anything more than 20 degrees centigrade ! The road is a complete mess where most of the top dressing has worn away, with bits of loose, tarry stone everywhere. Most of that ends up stuck to the floors of our cars or tramped into the house. A bloody nuisance and a complete waste of our money.