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Hampshire: The County Council’s surface treatment program is making roads more resilient


Hampshire’s roads will be given a new lease of life this summer when Hampshire County Council’s annual road surface strengthening program starts at 400 locations

Councilor Nick Adams-King, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Universal Services, said: “We know that potholes and other road defects are a source of frustration for residents and motorists. That’s why we’re investing in a range of ways to improve Hampshire’s roads. stronger. Surface treatments help slow the natural deterioration of roads and reduce the occurrence of potholes and other road defects, and add grip to the road to increase safety. It’s a cost-efficient way to target roads that carry the most traffic and are therefore most at risk of wear and tear, helping taxpayers’ money go further at a time when our budget is under extreme pressure.

“These treatments are applied during the summer months because the process requires warm, dry weather to be successful. I would like to thank road users for their patience during any periods of temporary disruption during the works. Summer is also the optimal time to patch potholes and we continue to deploy more resources to patching road defects after another challenging winter. “In addition, additional funding from the government will allow us to deliver 19 larger renewal and repair programs across the province.”

Sites are selected for surface treatment based on an assessment of the condition of the road, including the level of potholes, cracks and other defects present.

Surface treatment involves applying fresh stone to a layer of bitumen binder (an adhesive that holds broken gravel together to create a durable, flexible surface, essential to the success of the treatment). The loose stones are then embedded by rubber rollers, sweeping up the remaining loose stone chips. Surface treatment cannot take place when the road is wet, because the moisture prevents the adhesion between the crushed stone and the asphalt.

Where surface treatment is being carried out, road closures will generally take place from 9.30am to 4pm, with some exceptions. Timings will be flexible as the process is very weather dependent, but local roadside signage will be updated as soon as possible to keep people informed.

Hampshire residents can find more information about roadworks taking place in Hampshire, including surface treatment schemes, at: https://one.network/ and https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/plannedmaintenance

Hampshire residents are encouraged to report potholes and road defects directly to the County Council at: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems.

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