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Road surfacing work may be structural strengthening or surface treatment. In the Vale we use a mixture of micro asphalt, conventional and surface dressing


Residents will receive a letter to notify them of the planned works in their street. Please be aware that during resurfacing work road closures and local diversions will be in place. All works are subject to suitable weather conditions.


We use a number of different resurfacing techniques. The technique used depends on the condition of the existing road.



Conventional surfacing

Resurfacing is designed to restore or improve the surface profile/texture of a road, 'ride-ability', drainage and skid resistance.


Resurfacing usually takes the form of either inlay (favoured for urban roads) or overlay (often used rurally).


Inlay - The old road surface is planed off and replaced with a suitable material. This can also involve removing and replacing lower levels of the road.


Overlay - Consists of adding material to the existing road to improve the profile and add strength. As well as overlaying the surface localised reconstruction may be used before the road is overlaid. The most common surface course material currently used in the Vale is, 'Stone Mastic Asphalt' (SMA) and bitumen macadam. Laid normally 40 to 60mm thickness.

Micro Asphalt Surfacing

This type of surfacing is widely used in the urban areas of the Vale points to remember with the finished surface.


Micro- asphalt surfacing is a cost effective solution for resurfacing roads showing the early signs of wear and tear which fills in all the cracks, potholes and voids in the carriageway to improve skid resistance and seal the road preventing water getting in thereby extending its life.


The road does not need to be planed off so saves time and money as well as reducing disruption to local highway users as the road can be reopened a lot quicker after treatment has been applied.


Residents should be advised that the road surface can look unsightly for a period of approximately two weeks following the surface treatment being applied and there may be some loose stone - this is natural, but the road surface will soon look like normal carriageway after a couple of weeks


It has low noise characteristics, good riding qualities and is an efficient process that allows us to reduce the time on site.


Please Note: This type of surfacing will not strengthen the road

Surface Dressing

Surface dressing is the application of hot bitumen and chippings to the road surface. It is one of the most cost effective and widely used methods of highway maintenance, but it is not suitable for 'high stressed' sites such as roundabouts and busy junctions.


This process significantly extends the life of the road, it restores skid resistance and enhances the appearance of the road.


If the foundations of the road have failed, surface dressing cannot provide additional strength, it is necessary to resurface or reconstruct the road.