Continuing to improve North Somerset’s roads

An £800,000 surface dressing programme, which will treat approximately 26 miles of North Somerset’s roads, is due to take place next month as part of North Somerset Council’s continuing investment in the region’s roads.

The week-long programme, which will start on Friday 12 August, will see essential work carried out at various locations across the district.

Surface dressing involves spraying the road with bitumen, covering it with basalt chippings and then rolling the road to embed the chippings into the surface. Excess chippings are then swept up to be re-used in the following year’s programme. The first sweep takes place within 48 hours of the treatment and is followed by at least two more sweepings which take place within the following 28 days.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “Surface dressing is a major part of our annual roads maintenance programme. It’s carried out at this time of year because bitumen and loose chippings bond to the road surface more effectively in warmer weather.

“Treating the roads in this way extends the life of a road surface by up to 10 years and also makes it safer to drive on by enhancing the skid resistance.”

The surface dressing schedule is:

  • Friday 12 August – South Road, Weston-super-Mare; Langford Road and Half Yard, Langford
  • Saturday 13 August – Half Yard, Langford; Station Road, Blagdon; Butcombe Lane, Butcombe; Uppertown Lane/Newditch Lane, Felton
  • Sunday 14 August – Uppertown Lane/Newditch Lane, Felton; Summerhouse, Tickenham; Failand Lane, Failand; Littleton Lane, Winford
  • Wednesday 17 August – A38, Redhill; A38, Bristol Airport; Tickenham Hill, Tickenham
  • Thursday 18 August – Queensway, Worle; Locking Road, Weston-Super-Mare; A370 between Congresbury and Backwell
  • Friday 19 August – A370 between Congresbury and Backwell
  • Saturday 20 August – Stock Lane/Brinsea Road, Congresbury; A368 Blagdon

Surface dressing depends on the weather so the schedule is subject to change. You will be able to check the latest situation on the council’s roadworks website at You can also follow @NorthSomersetC on Twitter or search for North Somerset Council on Facebook for daily updates on where work is taking place.

For the majority of locations full road closures will be in place so that the work can be carried out safely. At Locking Road in Weston, the A370 from Congresbury to Backwell and at locations on the A38 traffic will be controlled by stop and go boards. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and there will be staff on hand at each site to assist members of the public.

“The road will be safe to drive on after it has been treated provided drivers stay within the advisory speed limit that will be on display,” said Cllr Ap Rees. “Driving slowly will prevent damage to cars and the road surface.

“However, people should avoid walking on a treated road until the bitumen has dried and also keep their pets away from treated areas. Bitumen and chippings can easily be picked up on footwear, pushchairs and pets’ paws and carried into houses.”

Anyone wanting more information, or to report a problem, should call Council Connect on 01934 888 802 or use the online reporting form at