Surface dressing is a process that involves spraying bitumen binder on to a dry road surface. We then spread stone chippings and roll the surface to help embed the chippings. Due to the nature of this process, the road cannot be swept for 24 hours after it has been laid, during this time, we rely on the action of the traffic to embed the chippings into the road surface. There will be loose chippings for around a week after the surface has been laid.
Following works, advisory 20mph speed limits are put in place. This is to protect road users from loose chippings.
Surface dressing seals and waterproofs the road and improves the skid resistance, extending the life of the road by up to 10 years.
It’s also a relatively quick process. We can complete 1km of road in around 2 hours, which minimises delays to traffic. Surface dressing is a traditional and cheaper method of maintaining the road. It can be seven to eight times cheaper than alternative methods. It also seals and provides a uniform surface on roads that have been patched.
We will usually sweep the road after 24 hours, 3 days and again one week after the new surface has been laid.
We will replace the road markings after the final road sweep. This can be one to three weeks after the works. If parked cars are in the way then there may be further delays whilst we remove them to put the road markings back. We will also replace any cats-eyes at this time.
If it rains or is either too hot (temperatures over around 40°C) or too cold (temperatures below around 10°C) then we will not be able to carry out the work. We will reschedule these and let you know via the signs on site as to when the works will happen.
The majority of our surface dressing works have now been completed. We do still have one location to complete, this work will be carried out shortly.
The following works will be taking place following recent surface dressing works. This will be to either replace cats eyes in the road or to replace road lining.
20/08/20 - Newhaven Road, Northease - road closed - 1 night
21/08/20 - Western Road, Newick - road closed - 1 night
22/08/20 - Bodiam Road, Ewhurst - road closed - 1 night
We recently completed a programme of surface dressing works across the County at the following locations:
Nettlesworth Lane, Heathfield
Lewes Road, Blackboys
Hollow Lane, East Hoathly
Mayfield Flat, Cross in Hand
New Road, Duddleswell
Broadwater Forest Lane, Frant
Steep Road, Rotherfield
Rotherhurst Lane, Rotherfield
Pottens Mill Lane, Heathfield
Cottenden Road, Stonegate
Bodiam Road, Bodiam
Union Street Flimwell
Brede Lane, Brede
Starvecrow Lane, Beckley
Cottage Lane, Westfield
Wheel Lane, Westfield
Wartling Road, Wartling
Chapel Lane, Guestling
Friars Hill, Guestling
Sedlescombe Road North, Hastings
Eastbourne Road, Exceat
Friston Hill, East Dean
Eastbourne Road, Seaford
Lewes Road, Piddinghoe
South Road, Plumpton Green
Newhaven Road, Rodmell
Newhaven Road, Northease
Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham
Western Road, Newick
Gun Hill, Chiddingly
You can find out more information on these works by clicking the links above.