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28 March, 2020

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Council begins resurfacing programme to extend ‘life expectancy’ of roads

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Cheshire West and Chester Council will begin preparation work for its resurfacing programme this month, in readiness for when warmer weather arrives.

The council’s highways department will be treating some road surfaces with a micro asphalt surface treatment in the spring.

The treatment comprises a process which places a thin layer over the top of the existing road to seal the surface and restore grip, thereby extending the active lifespan of the road.

Preparation work this month will include cutting back overhanging trees, plus clearing dirt and debris at the edges of the carriageway.

Cllr Karen Shore, CWAC deputy leader, said: “Undertaking regular and timely maintenance of roads using surface treatments such as micro asphalt is a far more sustainable and cost effective approach as it extends the service life of a road, rather than allowing roads to deteriorate to a poor condition requiring more costly intervention.”

Micro asphalt cures quickly and can usually be driven on less than an hour after application.

Its ability to reshape and re-profile existing surfaces ensures minor defects – such as potholes and cracks – are sealed to stop water getting in and causing further damage.

On average, micro asphalt extends the life expectancy of a road by five to seven years.

It also has a reduced environmental impact when compared to standard resurfacing techniques as it is a non-polluting, cold-applied, zero-emissions material.

Full details of the council’s micro asphalt resurfacing programme for 2020 can be found on the CWAC website.

 


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