Dressed to impress

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Highways Maintenance Team has completed its surface dressing programme for the year - repairing and improving approximately 120km of highway across the area.

This season’s programme was completed on time despite the various challenges posed by one of the wettest summers on record.

The process relies upon warm, dry weather to be successful and the team worked hard to ensure that the overall programme was completed within the ‘summer’ period.

The East Riding operates its own specialist plant and equipment, which enables partnership working across the region, and saw the council again delivering similar repair works for City of York Council and, for the first time, Hull City Council.

Surface dressing is preceded by patching works to address any structural defects in the road, once applied it provides a uniform appearance, improved skid resistance and sealing the road from water ingress.

Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for highways, infrastructure and emergency planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The team, based at the council’s Hedon depot, have worked all hours, including overnight work to keep disruption to a minimum and in all weather conditions to improve highways across the East Riding network.

“Ensuring the roads and infrastructure of the East Riding, as a whole, is in the best possible order long term is a top priority for the council.”