Local roads set to get £1.3m summer dressing

Roads in East Sussex will get a summer makeover this month as a £1.3 million surface dressing programme gets underway.

East Sussex Highways will treat rural and urban roads across the county covering an area of more than 141,000 square metres or approximately 20 football pitches.

The ten-day programme begins next Wednesday (June 16th) and is due to be completed by Friday, June 25th.

Affected roads will be closed to traffic with signed diversion routes in place during the work, the schedule of which is subject to change depending on the weather.

Councillor Claire Dowling, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “Our summer improvement programme allows us to target the areas most at risk of wear and tear, extending the life of the road surface by up to ten years and improving the water proofing and grip of the treated roads.

“This work, which is just part of the county council’s £15 million maintenance programme for roads this year, will benefit motorists in East Sussex for many years.”

Surface dressing, which seals and waterproofs the road and improves the skid resistance, will be carried out on 14 miles of road – roughly the distance from Eastbourne to Bexhill.  The work also includes some pre-patching works, replacement of road studs and markings and high friction surfacing.

The process involves coating the road in bitumen and chippings and relies on the action of the traffic using the road to embed the chippings. Once surface dressing is complete, the road will be swept after 24 hours, three days and again after a week. Road markings and cats eyes will then be replaced.

Ms Dowling added: “We appreciate the road closures will cause some disruption but would ask road users to bear with us as this is short lived and means we won’t have to carry out more disruptive work for many years to come.”

More information about the work and up-to-date information about the summer programme will be available on the East Sussex Highways website.

2 thoughts on “Local roads set to get £1.3m summer dressing

  1. Looking at the East Sussex Highways Website, no Hastings roads are listed. Yet the roads in our town are crying out for a new surface. Roads like the lower section of Queensway and Field Way.

    The towns included in these works are shown as follows:

    Beechwood Lane, Cooksbridge – 16th June 2021
    Coleman’s Hatch Road, Forest Row – 16th June 2021
    Edenbridge Road, Hartfield – 17th June 2021
    Mayfield Lane, Wadhurst – 18th June 2021
    St Mary’s Lane, Sidley – 18th June 2021
    Compton Drive, Eastbourne – 18th June 2021
    The Dicker, Laughton – 21st June 2021
    Burwash Road, Broad Oak – 22nd June 2021
    Cooper’s Corner, Hurst Green – 22nd June 2021
    Hawkhurst Road, Flimwell – 23rd June 2021
    Udimore Road, Udimore/Brede – 24th June 2021
    Whiteway, Alfriston – 25th June 2021
    Wartling Road, Pevensey – 25th June 2021

    It looks like Hastings is the poor relation again when it comes to spending money on roads.

  2. I was surprised that ESCC could afford to prune the street trees but not repaint the white junction markings

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