Northumberland County Council completes 44-mile resurfacing work as part of £36m improvement programme
A total of 44 miles (71km) of road, or a mind-boggling 447,000 square metres, has been resurfaced in Northumberland this summer.
It was all part of Northumberland County Council’s £36m investment in improvements to the county’s 3,000 miles of highway and pavements over the current financial year.
This summer’s work, which is now complete, had extra challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the council had to fully consider any risks to both its workforce and the public.
To enable works to continue the highways team developed and put in place comprehensive new safe working methods, aimed at supporting and enabling all essential works to continue safely.
The works included resurfacing, surface dressing which is carried out on more rural roads and micro-surfacing in more residential locations – giving a smoother and hard wearing top surface.
Council leader Glen Sanderson said: “We know how important it is to ensure our roads are well maintained, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
“Our annual surface dressing programme provides added protection to the road surface cost effectively increasing the lifespan of the road, as well as improving its skid resistance, making it safer and smoother to drive on.
“Our teams have been working in very testing conditions over the summer months to ensure they carry out these improvements while staying safe, and it’s testament to their work that stretches of road throughout Northumberland have been improved in such difficult and challenging circumstances.”
A range of further road improvement schemes will be carried out over the next few months.