Face-lift for Hertfordshire’s A-roads
During May and June ten of Hertfordshire’s busy A-roads will be getting a face-lift to seal and protect the road surface in places where it is at risk of wearing out.
The roads will be treated with a process known as ‘surface dressing’. This involves spreading a layer of binder and chippings over the existing road to seal and protect the surface and restore texture and grip.
The sites we will be treating in this way are:
- A411 Waterfields Way, Watford
- A600 Bedford Road, north of Hitchin
- A10 Great Cambridge Road Cheshunt
- A10 Great Cambridge Road Turnford
- A10 Turnford Link Southbound Offslip
- A1081 Harpenden Road, St Albans
- A1170 Great Cambridge Road, Broxbourne
- A4008 Oxhey Lane, South Oxhey
- A41 Junction with Two Waters Way Eastbound Onslip
- A41 Junction with Two Waters Way Westbound Onslip
- A414 Eastwick Road
- A414 Hertford Road, east of Hatfield
- A505 Royston Bypass
- A5183 Redbourn Road, St Albans
The work will be carried out outside the morning and evening rush hours whenever possible to minimise disruption.
The surface dressing process is very fast to apply, however a natural part of the surface dressing process is that there will be loose chippings on the road for a few days as the new surface beds in.
We sweep the surface regularly during this bedding-in process and place warning signs on all recently-dressed roads advising drivers to keep to 20mph or less. Unfortunately not all drivers follow this advice, especially on dual carriageways where some drivers may choose to overtake other vehicles that are driving responsibly. We may therefore need to leave one lane of a recently-dressed dual carriageway closed in order to keep speeds down and prevent unsafe overtaking manoeuvres.
Mark Kemp, Director of Environment and Infrastructure, said: “We know that the condition of the roads matters to residents and it matters to us too. I appreciate that these works will be inconvenient for people, and I know that leaving lanes closed while the new surface beds in will add to that inconvenience. I do hope that people will bear with us however. While the new surface may look a bit messy at first, once it has bedded in the result will be a better and safer road surface on these important routes.”
For more information carried out in the county this summer visit www.roadworks.org