Dressed for the summer

Contractors have taken advantage of the sunny weather by surface dressing 35 miles of highway – equivalent to the distance from Eastbourne Pier to Camber Sands.

The six-week programme saw roads coated with hot tar and chippings, a method which improves safety by giving vehicles more grip and protects the surface from pothole-causing frost and water damage.

The process, which is applied to roads showing signs of wear and tear, can extend the life of the carriageway by up to 10 years, at a fraction of the cost of removing and replacing the road surface.

Areas to have benefited from the work include Kitchenham Road in Ashburnham, Brightling Road/Deer Park Road in Brightling, Church Road in Catsfield, Beckley Road in Northiam and Westfield Lane in Westfield.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said: “The warmer, dryer weather gives us a valuable window of opportunity to complete work which can only be carried out during the summer.

Every year we carefully plan our work, focusing on those roads which, if left, would begin to seriously deteriorate and would therefore require more costly, major reconstruction.

“In these difficult economic times it’s more important than ever that we provide good value for money and surface dressing is a cost-effective way of providing a smoother, safer ride.”

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