Surface dressings have been used as a maintenance technique on all classes of road, since the late nineteenth century. Approximately 80 million square metres of surface dressing are installed on the UK highway network each year, primarily on the secondary network.
It remains a cost-effective way of maintaining a road. It restores skid resistance and seals the road surface to prevent water ingress, but preparation of the road before the process starts, is just as important as the dressing itself.
You may have your programme of works and sites selected for the year, your surveys complete, your contractor briefed and ready to go, but is the surface of the road ready for the surface dressing to start?
As with all highway maintenance operations, the end result will be determined by the quality of the planning at the beginning and pre-surface dressing work is an essential part of this to ensure the surface dressing works effectively over
Often sections of the network require some maintenance to bring it up to the required condition before surface dressing starts. This enables the local authority to maximise the value from the surface dressing activities and to help support the contractor in delivering effective works. If damage isn’t repaired and dressing is applied the issues underneath the surface will still cause problems, sooner rather than later.
Effective pre-surface dressing removes the need to revisit sections once the dressing has been applied—saving time on remedials, traffic management and disruption for the travelling public.
Roadtechs offer a survey to installation service to ensure that local authorities get the best possible results. The company’s material Techscreed, which is a hot-applied BBA HAPAS approved repair, is an important part of the pre-surface dressing preparation. It is also environmentally friendly, helping councils cut the amount of carbon associated with their highway maintenance works.