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Surface dressing is a long established proven road maintenance technique. It involves spraying a coating of bitumen onto the road surface followed by one or more layers of hard stone chippings. As the bitumen sets, the chippings stick to the road surface and are further embedded by rolling in.
It takes a day or so for dressing to settle down and vehicles running carefully on the surface help it to compact. Unfortunately the excess chippings cannot be swept prior to the treatment setting.
The works are undertaken between May and September, as the successful application of the treatment is weather dependent.
We know that surface dressing is not popular with road users but it is an extremely cost effective treatment when used in a balanced roads maintenance regime. The treatment can be likened to painting one's house. It needs doing before deterioration occurs and means that expensive resurfacing is not required.
Roads & Transportation
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000