Village roads included in surface dressing programme


Fifty roads in East Sussex will be given a new lease of life this summer as two improvement programmes get under way.

The work, which starts this month, will waterproof and seal the road surface, improving safety and extending the life of the carriageway for up to ten years.

Thirty-one roads will undergo surface dressing work – including roads in Chiddingly, Blackboys, East Hoathly, Cross in Hand, Duddleswell, and Barcombe – while 19 in Eastbourne and Lewes are included on the micro asphalt programme.

Cllr Claire Dowling, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “Carrying out this work is an effective way of protecting our roads from water damage and frost, which can lead to potholes.

Cllr Claire Dowling

“Our summer programme, just part of the £15 million investment we are making in our road network this year, allows us to target roads most at risk of wear and tear, preventing more serious damage which may then require more costly reconstruction work.”

Surface dressing involves coating the road in bitumen and chippings and relies on the action of the traffic using the road to embed the chippings. Once surface dressing is complete, the road will be swept after 24 hours, three days and again after a week. Road markings and cats eyes will then be replaced.

Roads to have a surface dressing applied include Gun Hill, Chiddingly; Lewes Road, Blackboys; Hollow Lane, East Hoathly; Mayfield Flat, Cross in Hand; New Road, Duddleswell, and Barcombe Mills Road, Barcombe.

See a full list of roads to be treated here on the East Sussex Highways website:

Most of the roads where micro asphalt work will take place are in Eastbourne, two are in Lewes. That will involve a thin layer of bitumen and stone being added to the existing road surface. A kilometre of road can be treated in one day and traffic can use the road within around 45 minutes of the work being completed.

Road closures

Affected roads will be closed to traffic with signed diversion routes in place during the work, the schedule of which is subject to change depending on weather.

A list of roads where micro asphalt work will take place can be seen here:

Cllr Dowling added: “With road closures, we appreciate the work will cause some disruption but would ask motorists to bear with us as the result will be a smoother and safer ride.”

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