Renewing road surfaces

Over time road surfaces become worn out due to the volume of traffic that use them and the different extremes of weather that affect them. Engineers regularly carry out electronic scanning and visually inspect our roads.

Types of surface treatment

Different surface treatments are used to maintain roads. Factors involved in choosing the type of treatment include:

  • the condition of the road
  • how busy the road is
  • how many years of good condition will result from the money spent on the treatment

The main types of treatment we have to choose from are:

Machine resurfacing (inlay surfacing)

Some or all of the existing surface is removed using a planer and a completely new surface is laid as a replacement.

The planed area will have the manholes and gullies adjusted and replaced if needed to suit the new road surface levels.

A bitumen spray coat will then be applied, and the new surfacing laid on top. The new surface is then rolled whilst it cools. The surfacing will consist of either 1 or 2 separate layers, dependent on the shape and condition of the underlying road structure.

This treatment is used where the road is badly worn and in a condition that requires replacement.

Surface dressing

A thin layer of bitumen and stone is laid on top of the existing surface which seals all the cracks and provides a new running surface.

Surface dressing takes place during the spring and summer months, although we will carry out preparation works, such as patching, all year round. The treatment involved is sensitive to weather that is too cold, hot or wet, so sometimes we have to change the date of advertised works at short notice. If this happens, the road side signing will be altered with the new dates, and the published programme will also be changed.

Firstly, any potholes or other defects are patched, and the road surface made level in preparation for the surface dressing works. When the surface dressing starts, the existing road surface is coated with bitumen and then covered with stone chippings. The chippings are then rolled into the bitumen. This forms a water-resistant protective layer which makes the road less slippery and extends its life.

As soon as the bitumen has set, we sweep the road to remove any loose chippings, but the nature of the treatment means there will be some loose chippings on the road surface until it beds down. After about a week we return to the road to sweep up any loose chippings that have not been pressed into the bitumen and road markings will be added.

This treatment is used where the surface is in reasonably good condition, but would soon start to deteriorate. This treatment protects the road and provides an overall improvement which can last up to 10 years. We can cover a large area very quickly at relatively low cost.

Micro-surfacing

This is a more durable process than surface dressing and places a thin layer of a complete new surface on top of the existing road. We generally use Gripfibre, a thin layer of premixed bitumen, fine graded aggregates and a filler, which is applied cold. This provides a hard wearing, water-resistant, protective layer on the carriageway, restoring surface texture and improving skid resistance. 

There may be some loose material on the road for a short while after it has been laid. This will be swept up when we return to add the road markings.

This treatment protects the road and provides an overall improvement which can last up to 10 years. We can cover a large area very quickly at relatively low cost.

Slurry seal for footways

We resurface and reconstruct our footways when necessary, depending on their condition, usage and any defects. Generally, where footways do not need a full reconstruction they are treated using a thin liquid applied product, called slurry sealing.

How this affects you

Depending on the road width and nature of the road being treated, we usually have to close the road and introduce local diversions. Where possible, traffic will be controlled with traffic lights or stop and go boards.

Signage

While the work is in progress, the following warning signs will be used as needed:

  • temporary road surface
  • raised ironworks
  • no road markings
  • ramp boards

Access to your property

We will try to allow you to drive in and out of your property, but please take extra care because the step up into your property driveway may be higher, until the final surface is complete. At certain times of the works it will not be possible to maintain access to your property as we will be working directly in front of your house. Please be patient with us at these times.

Night working

In some places where there is a lot of traffic the work may have to be done during the evening or at night to minimize congestion. Night working also allows for longer working sessions, allowing the work to be done more quickly than if we used the daytime between rush hours.

The decision to do the work at night is not taken lightly because of the possible disturbance to sleeping residents, and also because night work carries additional costs to the council. These considerations have to be carefully weighed alongside the scale of disruption to the whole community that would happen if the work is done during normal hours.

Road markings

Please note that after the resurfacing, the road markings will be replaced. This may not be on the same day, especially for surface dressing and micro-surfacing schemes where the road needs to be reswept a few days later to remove any loose aggregate before the markings are installed.

What you need to do

Do not park your vehicle on the part of the road to be treated, during the planned working hours. If you need advice, ask site staff or call the Highways Engineering Team on 01344 352000.

During the planing process involved in the inlay resurfacing treatment, dust may be produced, particularly when windy. If possible, keep windows and doors closed.

When the bitumen spray coat is applied, it is very sticky. Do not drive or walk through it, as it may be carried on to your property. If you need access, ask site staff.

Avoid driving or walking through the new surfacing until it has been compacted and the road has been re-opened to general traffic.

If the traffic management permits vehicle access, restrict your speed to as slow as possible through the site during the works and beware of operatives, ramps, raised manholes and gullies.

Some road surfacing involves the use of hot materials, and newly laid surfaces remain hot for some time. It is important that everybody, especially children and pets, be kept well away from the work until the road is re-opened to traffic.

Resurfacing leaflets

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Road resurfacing programme

The tables below show the details for our 2022 inlay surfacing programme.

Every attempt will be made to complete the works in accordance with the schedule below. It is possible that circumstances beyond the control of the council or our contractors, such as weather conditions or plant and machinery breakdowns, could cause the programme to slip.

We will seek to update the programme below with such changes as soon as possible.

The extent of the road closures, or of the surfacing within the road closures as detailed below, may vary if site circumstances require it. 
 

Woodies Close, Binfield

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Terrace Road South End Monday 25 July Monday 25 July Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure/ 2 way lights Plane and Inlay surfacing

Wordsworth, Great Hollands

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Business units School entrance Tuesday 26 July 6:30pm Wednesday 27 July 6am Night time 6:30pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 School entrance Junctions 1-23 Wednesday 27 July 6:30pm Thursday 28 July 6am Night time 6:30pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
3 Junctions 1-23 Ringmead Junction Thursday 28 July 6:30pm Friday 29 July 6am Night time 6:30pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
4 Whole road Friday 29 July Friday 5 August Day time 8am to 4pm Give & take Replace speed cushions
5 Whole road Monday 8 August Monday 8 August Day time 8am to 4pm Give & Take Replace Road markings

Birch Hill Road, Hanworth

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Liscombe Leppington / Shopping parade Friday 29 July 6:30pm Saturday 30 July 6am Night time 6:30pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Ringmead Junction Leppington Monday 1 August Monday 1 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
3 Liscombe Donnybrook Tuesday 2 August Tuesday 2 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
4 Lydney Ringmead Wednesday 3 August Wednesday 3 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure/2 way lights on Ringmead Plane and Inlay surfacing
5 Dryden Ringmead Thursday 4 August Thursday 4 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure/2 way lights on Ringmead Plane and Inlay surfacing
6 Whole Road Friday 5 August Friday 5 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm 2 way lights Lining and anti-skid
7 Whole Road Monday 8 August Monday 8 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm 2 way lights Lining and anti-skid
8 Whole Road Monday 22 August Wednesday 24 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Give & Take Speed cushions

Ringmead, Hanworth

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Madingley Chicane near Knightswood Friday 5 August Friday 5 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Sainsburys mini RAB Sainsburys mini RAB Sunday 7 August 6:30pm Monday 8 August 6am Night time 6:30pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
3 Chicane near Knightswood Inchwood Monday 8 August Tuesday 9 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
4 Inchwood Hillberry Wednesday 10 August Wednesday 10 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
5 Hornby Avenue Sainsburys mini RAB Thursday 11 August Friday 12 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
6 Whole Road Monday 15 August Monday 15 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Stop/Go Road markings / Lining

New Forest Ride, Crown Wood

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Approach to Bowland Drive Roundabout Bowland Drive roundabout Monday 15 August Monday 15 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Bowland Drive Roundabout Surfacing joint from A322 Bagshot Road Junct Tuesday 16 August Tuesday 16 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
3 Whole road Wednesday 17 August Wednesday 17 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm 3-Way traffic Lights Road markings / Lining

Chavey Down Crossroads, Winkfield

0 From Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 All approaches Wednesday 17 August Thursday 18 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Friday 19 August Friday 19 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Anti-skid, Road markings and Lining
3 Monday 22 August Monday 22 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Anti-skid, Road markings and Lining

Upper Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Brookers Corner White City Friday 19 August Friday 19 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Monday 22 August Monday 22 August Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Stop/Go Road markings/Lining

High Street, Crowthorne

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Dukes Ride Roundabout Tuesday 23 August 8:00pm Wednesday 24 August 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Dukes Ride roundabout High Street Crossing at Lidl Wednesday 24 August 8:00pm Thursday 25 August 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Road markings on roundabout and Plane and lay Geotextile and binder course
3 High Street Crossing at Lidl Cambridge Road Thursday 25 August 8:00pm Friday 26 August 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and lay Geotextile and binder course
4 Cambridge Road Church Street rab Friday 26 August 8:00pm Saturday 27 August 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and lay Geotextile and binder course
5 Dukes Ride roundabout Just past Cambridge Road Tuesday 30 August 8:00pm Wednesday 31 August 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Lay Surface course
6 Cambridge Road Church Street rab Wednesday 31 August 8:00pm Thursday 1 September 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Lay Surface course
7 High Street Thursday 1 September 8:00pm Friday 2 September 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Short Road Closure Replace 4 speed tables
8 High Street Friday 2 September 6:00am Saturday 3 September 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Short Road Closure Replace 4 speed tables
9 High Street Monday 5 September Monday 5 September Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm 2 way traffic lights Replace 8 Speed cushions
10 High Street Tuesday 6 September Tuesday 6 September Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm 2 way traffic lights Replace 8 Speed cushions
11 High Street Wednesday 7 September 8:00pm Thursday 8 September 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Stop/go Mobile works Road markings and lining
12 High Street Thursday 8 September 8:00pm Friday 9 September 6:00am Night time 8pm to 6am Stop/go Mobile works Road markings and lining

Laundry Lane, Sandhurst

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Yorktown Road roundabout Tank Road roundabout Thursday 1 September 8:00pm Friday 2 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane only
2 Yorktown Road roundabout Deliveries entrance Friday 2 September 8:00pm Saturday 3 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Inlay surfacing
3 Deliveries entrance Tank Road roundabout Monday 5 September 8:00pm Tuesday 6 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Inlay surfacing
4 Whole Road Tuesday 6 September Wednesday 7 September Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Lane closures and Stop/Go Road markings /lining

Rackstraw Road, Sandhurst

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Yorktown Road Evenlode Way Tuesday 6 September 8pm Wednesday 7 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Evenlode Way Snaprails subway Wednesday 7 September 8pm Thursday 8 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay binder course
3 Evenlode Way Snaprails subway Thursday 8 September 8pm Friday 9 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Plane and Inlay binder course
4 Evenlode Way Snaprails subway Friday 9 September 8pm Saturday 10 September 6am Night-time 8pm to 6am Road Closure Lay surfacing course
5 Yorktown Road Snaprails subway Monday 12 September Monday 12 September Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Lane Closures/4-way Traffic Lights Road markings/lining

Long Hill Road, Ascot

0 From To Start date Finish Date Times Traffic management Activity
1 Priory Road Harvest Ride Monday 12 September Wednesday 14 September Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Road Closure Plane and Inlay surfacing
2 Priory Road Harvest Ride Thursday 15 September Thursday 15 September Day time 9:30am to 3:30pm Stop/Go Road markings/lining