Surface dressing 2019 kicks-off in Wareham

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Dorset Highways’ surface dressing programme gets underway this month – with around 150 roads on the list for treatment.

On Tuesday 23 April, the surface dressing crew of around 20 people, two purpose built chipping spreaders, one spray tanker, six lorries feeding chippings and two suction road sweepers will gather in Wareham to kick-off Dorset Council’s five-month programme of work.

Surface dressing provides a seal against water damage, which is responsible for the freeze/thaw effect that causes potholes, and it restores skid resistance.

Matthew Piles, Service Director for Environment, Infrastructure and Economy, said: “Unfortunately it’s a bit of a misconception that surface dressing is a quick fix or low-quality substitute for surfacing.

“The reality is that this treatment is an ideal way to restore road surfaces where the road is in an otherwise good condition, rather than spending money on resurfacing and removing perfectly healthy layers of road.”

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