Explains what surface dressing is, why resurfacing work is carried out, how long it takes, when it is done, who carries the work out and what roads are currently scheduled for resurfacing and when.
Surface dressing is the quick and economical process of repairing and maintaining the road surface to extend the life of a road as an alternative to the more costly option of a full-scale re-construction of a road.
This involves using a tanker to spray bitumen onto the road to act, in effect, as glue and then stone chippings are spread onto the bitumen and then a roller is used to press the chippings into the bitumen.
Surface dressing is required when a road surface needs to be repaired because it has become worn. It also may have become cracked, developed pot holes or lost its skid resistance properties.
Surface dressing is carried out dependent on the findings of regular inspections even though it may look like it doesn't need to be resurfaced to the public. Roads and pavements are inspected monthly, quarterly or annually depending on the amount of traffic they carry. Inspections to check what condition surfaces are in are carried out to prepare for future maintenance programmes as well as unscheduled ones following reports from the public, police or other bodies.
You can report a damaged road or footpath online and the council will carry out a site inspection and then decide how soon a repair can be carried out. If a damaged surface is deemed not dangerous it may be scheduled for repair within a future repair programme and if it is deemed dangerous a repair (which may be temporary for the purpose of making it safe) may be done within 24 hours.
Report a damaged road or footpath
Surface dressing is only carried out in the summer months (May to September) when it is warm and dry because the bitumen that is applied to road surfaces will not stick and set on the existing surface in cold and wet conditions. Also warmer weather will make the surface softer which helps the stone chipping embed more easily.
You can view a list of roads that are scheduled for resurfacing in East Yorkshire in 2017 by clicking the link to the PDF below:
Roads scheduled for resurfacing in East Yorkshire 2017 (pdf 95 kb opens in new window)
A stretch of road can be resurfaced and ready to drive on in under an hour although, chippings may get stuck onto wheels or shoes after resurfacing and this can continue to happen for a few days.
Road markings are repainted as soon as possible.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Streetscene services staff carries out the surface dressing work in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
If on the date stated, the resurfacing team do not carry out the work it will most likely be due to unsuitable weather conditions.
Surface dressing work need to be done during spells of dry weather and the process can be delayed due to wet weather.
Signs that are put up on roads prior to resurfacing work being carried out to let people know what dates the resurfacing will take place on will be altered to advise of the revised date for carrying out the work.
The council will try to reduce inconvenience to the public that may be affected by planned resurfacing work. In the case of roads we will:
There are some things you can do to help whilst work is being carried out:
If you get bitumen stuck on your shoes or other items, it can be easily removed from shoes, clothing or wheels by using readily available solvents such as white spirit or turpentine.
For further information please contact Streetscene services:
Telephone: 01482 395739
You can read the council’s leaflets on surface dressing of roads in the pdf below:
Surface dressing of roads leaflet (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
All planned resurfacing will also be available to view on the roadworks website:
Roadworks.org (external website)