Highways England reducing disruption for drivers on the A64
A new type of road surface which lasts around 3 times longer than traditional methods and doesn’t require regular maintenance or repair has been used on the A64 in York.
The new Ultigrip anti-skid road surfacing material will significantly reduce the amount of future road closures needed on a stretch of the A64 to carry out road maintenance work.
This type of resurfacing was used on a section close to Bramham roundabout on the A64 where additional grip was required. It formed part of a scheme to resurface a total of 97,610 square metres of the road between Bramham roundabout and Askham Bryan.
This amount of resurfacing is enough to cover the entire 20 acre site of the National Railway Museum in York and still have some left over.
As part of the £2.3m scheme 3,162 new reflective road studs were installed and 15 miles (25km) of new white lining – that’s 46 times the length of platform 3 at York Railway Station.
Highways England Project Manager Chris Dunn said:
“We are always looking at ways we can improve things for our customers. This new form of resurfacing not only improves safety with the anti-skid surface but lasts longer, reducing the amount of night closures needed to maintain and repair it.
“As part of this scheme we carried out further maintenance work. We renewed 500m of roadside drainage to address local flooding concerns, carried out some bridge maintenance work at Bramham roundabout and we installed new sensors on the weather station near Askham Bryan, which improves our information during severe weather such as the recent Beast from the East.
“Carrying out this work at the same time reduced even further the amount of closures we need to undertake in the future, helping us to continue providing smoother and safer journeys for drivers.”
This new method of resurfacing has received national recognition including being highly commended at the Highways England’s Supply Chain Awards for resurfacing solution efficiencies and continuous improvement.
A-one+ Area 12 General Manager Brian Statham said:
“We were looking for ways to improve safety for drivers especially at busy junctions and on slip roads. Working with our supply partner Tarmac we developed the innovative Ultigrip as a design solution to give tough textured finish and long-term skid resistance.
“Ultigrip requires less maintenance which means fewer closures, it is good for our road workers and our customers as well as creating savings for the taxpayer by reducing whole life costs. And, the improved surface grip makes for a better, safer journey.
“We are pleased that Ultigrip is recognised through a number of industry awarding bodies as being both innovative and efficient and a key outcome of collaborative working.”
Nick Shires, Commercial Director at Tarmac Contracting said:
“Working collaboratively with A-one+ and Highways England the use of Ultigrip helped to drive improved productivity on the A64 project. In addition to lasting typically three times longer than similar surfaces, Ultigrip can be laid in a single pass. This means that teams do not need to spend as long on site, making the works more efficient and minimising disruption to the public.”