Multi-million pound road improvements completed

By Tim Clarke Tuesday 13 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 13:13

A £3.8MILLION project to improve the quality and safety of more than 350 roads in Worcestershire has been completed.

About 1.78million square metres of road has been improved as part of the biggest ever surface dressing programme of its kind in the county.

A coat of bitumen was sprayed onto surfaces followed by one or more layers of stone chippings, which highways chiefs say is ten times cheaper than other repair methods and helps make deteriorating roads more waterproof, which in turn restores their skid resistance.

It also means repairs can be carried out much quicker and it is an effective way of reducing the risk of potential potholes appearing in the future.

City Walls Road, Temeside Way, Cotswold Way, the Ombersley Road as well many roads in Hindlip, Whittington, Lower Wick, Kempsey and Powick were among those that were resurfaced as part of the programme.

Coun John Smith, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Despite the 'great' British weather doing its best to conspire against the crews, the project was completed with just a few days delay."

"This is the biggest project of this type we've ever undertaken and things have gone well. More importantly, motorists are now driving on more than 350 roads across Worcestershire that are in a much better condition. This £3.8million investment means these highways are now in the best condition to stand up to what winter has in store."

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