Getting roads ready for winter


Roads in North Somerset will be better prepared for winter weather when North Somerset Council’s micro asphalt treatment programme starts later this month.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “This is a cost effective way of prolonging the lifespan of a road where the structure of the road is good but the very top surface is beginning to show signs of wear and tear.

“Micro asphalt surfacing treatment involves laying a mixture of liquid bitumen emulsion and stone on top of the existing road surface. Once the treatment is dry it provides a new top surface which extends the life of the road and improves skid resistance.

“This is a different treatment to the surface dressing we carried out last month. Because this method involves putting down a layer of liquid bitumen emulsion mixed with stone rather than spreading a layer of stone chippings on top of a new surface, excess gravel and dust shouldn’t be an issue.

“As well as filling minor surface irregularities this treatment seals the road, protecting it against water and preventing major deterioration. Carrying out the works now means that the treated roads are better protected – in time for winter.”

The works will begin on Monday 26 September and are expected to last for two weeks.

Road closures will be in place during the works so that the resurfacing can be carried out safely. There will also be staff on site at each location who will be able to advise motorists and residents of access arrangements.

The roads which will be treated are:

  • St Nicholas Road, Milton Park Road, Langport Road, Milton Avenue, Anson Road, Worlebury Hill Road, Lynmouth Close, Tavistock Road and Channel Heights, Weston-super-Mare
  • Rectory Road, Easton-in-Gordano
  • Pill Road and Ham Green, Pill
  • High Street, Worle
  • Yeo Moor, Moor Lane, St Johns Avenue, Castleview Road, Cambridge Grove, Argyle Road and Wayside Drive, Clevedon
  • Cedarhurst Road, Portishead
  • Bradville Gardens, Long Ashton
  • Dinder Gardens, Hayes Close and Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea
  • Mendip Close, Yatton.

The majority of roads will be closed between 9am and 5pm except for some of the busier roads where closures will be from 9.30am to 3.30pm in order to keep disruption to a minimum. Those roads are High Street, Worle; Lynmouth Close, Tavistock Road, St Nicholas Road and Milton Park Road, Weston-super-Mare; Moor Lane, Clevedon; Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea; and Rectory Road, Pill Road and Ham Green, Pill.

The programme is weather dependent and the council will be using its Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep people up to date as to where the work will be taking place and when.

The scheme will cost £400,000 and will be carried out by Skanska on behalf of North Somerset Council.