Road Surface Treatment

What is surface dressing?

Surface dressing is the application of hot bitumen and stone chippings onto the road’s surface. It is very widely used and a low cost and effective method of highway maintenance.

See below for our timetables of works to be carried out.

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Surface dressing is the application of hot bitumen and stone chippings onto the road’s surface. It is very widely used and a low cost and effective method of highway maintenance. Bitumen is sprayed onto the road and one or more layers of stone chippings are put on top. As the bitumen sets the chippings stick to the road surface. A roller is used to help the chippings stick.

The road is swept shortly after the chippings have been laid to remove any loose chippings. The road is then swept a few days later and again after a few weeks to remove excess chippings.
The bitumen stops water getting into the road’s foundations and the chippings restore skid resistance to improve road safety. The appearance of the road is also improved.

Surface dressing cannot repair an uneven road. If the foundations of the road have collapsed it will be necessary to resurface or reconstruct the road.

One advantage to surface dressing is that traffic can be allowed to run on the surface almost immediately, without the need for lengthy closures and disruption.

Drivers must drive slowly on newly treated roads to prevent chippings being dislodged or thrown up to cause damage to other vehicles.

We will:

  • Give advance notice of work to residents;
  • Provide advisory and warning signs (loose chippings) from the start of the work until the road can be used normally;
  • Sweep roads and footways to remove loose chippings;
  • Minimize disruption and hazards from traffic;
  • Make sure all complaints are investigated and appropriate action taken.

What you can do:

  • Make sure vehicles are not left on roads that are to be treated;
  • Avoid deliveries and inviting visitors whilst the work in going on;
  • Contact the council on 01724 297000 if you have any difficulties with any of this;
  • Keep your speed low on recently treated roads;
  • Never overtake on newly treated roads.

Affected road surface material is removed by means of a mechanical planer or by hand.  Hot applied layers of Bitumen Macadam Surface Course/ Binder Course are then inlayed to replace the planed out layers. This generally involves removing the top 40mm – 100mm of road surface and replace with the same to bring the surface back to a uniform level.

Tar is sprayed onto existing road surfaces, then clean loose chippings are evenly spread on top. This is used on roads in order to restore surface texture and skid resistance. We also use this process to seal minor cracking and slight surface defects in the carriageway.



BA water based Bitumen binder and fine aggregate mixed to a slurry consistency before being spread evenly onto the existing footpath surface.

This is used on footpaths showing minor deterioration and general wear and tear.


This process involves a large planer type machine ploughing up the existing road construction. The resulting planed material is then mixed and blended with a bitumen rejuvenator before being re-laid and heavily rolled. A new surface course or/and a surface dressing layer is then applied to provide a good finished surface.

Generally this process used on rural, remote roads where the carriageway condition has deteriorated well beyond its useful life. Rural roads where potholing, severe deformation, severe rutting and poor profile. Depending on depth of recycling could cost roughly £30-£60m2.


Ward Parish Street Dates
Ridge Hibaldstow Carr Lane 4 – 26 September 18
Axholme North Ealand Outgate/Black Bank 4 – 26 September 18
Axholme South Haxey Turbary Road 4 – 26 September 18
Ferry New Holland Oxmarsh Lane 4 – 26 September 18
Ridge Messingham West Common/North Road 4 – 26 September 18

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01724 297000

North Lincolnshire Council
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