£4m work to begin on 150 West Sussex roads

More than 150 roads will be repaired in a £4million West Sussex road maintenance programme.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has begun annual surface dressing work.

Crawley raods which will receive the treatmentare: West Green Drive in West Green, Kilnmead in Northgate, Spring Platt in Pound Hill, Crossways in Three Bridges, Furnace Drive in Furnace Green and Ashdown Drive and Weald Drive in Tilgate.

The council aims to treat all the roads between May 20 - 22.

Spring Platt will be the only road which will be completely closed during work on May 21.

Dates are subject to change depending on weather.

The work involves spraying a coating of bitumen on to the road, followed by one or more layers of hard stone chippings

Geoff Lowry, head of highways and transport at WSCC, said: “It is done to seal the road and cover over repairs carried out following winter weather damage.

“It helps protects against future weather damage too and is a very cost effective way of protecting and prolonging the life of our roads.”

Surface dressing is quick and traffic will be allowed to run on the new surface almost immediately – avoiding lengthy closures and disruption.

Sealing the road in this way prevents water getting into the foundations and weakening the road, which can lead to potholes developing.

Other benefits include an increase in skid resistance which helps improve road safety.

Where possible advance notice of roadworks will be given to make sure vehicles are not left on roads that are about to be treated.

Signs will also be put up advising drivers to drive slowly on recently treated roads.

Mr Lowry added: “We want to remind motorists they need to observe the signs and drive slowly over a road that has been treated with surface dressing.

“This is because of the loose chippings which can flick up and damage other vehicles on the road.

“The surface dressing programme is essential and we ask motorists to be patient while this work is going on.”