Work set to begin on improving roads in North Somerset – how will it affect you?

PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:18 21 June 2017

The council's highways team will be in Portishead on Thursday morning.

The council's highways team will be in Portishead on Thursday morning.


Around £800,000 worth of improvements to North Somerset’s roads are set to begin in the next few weeks.

Over the summer, North Somerset Council will surface dress 20 miles of roads in the district, which is a treatment to the top layer of roads which have begun to deteriorate.

The idea is that the treated roads will last a decade longer than those which are not undergoing the work.

Elfan Ap Rees, who is the executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “Surface dressing is a major part of our annual maintenance programme.

“It extends the life of the road by up to 10 years, protecting it from water damage and preventing it from worsening and needing a much more expensive repair in the future – making it an effective and efficient road treatment.

The roads will be closed while work is taking place.The roads will be closed while work is taking place.

“It also enhances the skid resistance of the road surface, improving road safety.”

Each of the roads will be closed while the work is taking place, but the schedule of each of the closures is very much weather dependant.

For an updated schedule visit North Somerset Council’s website.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “The roads will be safe to drive on after they have been treated as long as drivers adhere to the 20mph advisory speed limit.

“This will help prevent damage to cars and the new surface.

“However, bitumen can be easily picked up on footwear, pushchairs, wheelchairs and pet’s paws and carried into houses. So people should avoid walking on a road until the bitumen has set and should take care to keep children and pets away from treated areas.”

The cost of the programme is £800,000 and it’s being delivered by Skanska, which is the council’s highway maintenance contractor.

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