Oxfordshire roads to be resurfaced over the Summer
A summer of road surfacing in Oxfordshire has begun.
More than half a million square metres - more than 83 km - of road across Oxfordshire will be given a new lease of life thanks to the 'surface-dressing' technique which waterproofs and extends the life of roads.
The cost of the work is in the region of £3.5m which is seen as a good investment, potentially preventing the need for more costly resurfacing for a number of years.
Extra money means better roads
County Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “Oxfordshire County Council takes road repairs and maintenance very seriously and has put around £25m extra into fixing highways in total this and last year as part of a £120 million investment in infrastructure.
“Surface dressing is an excellent way to extend the life of roads and is cost effective. It is just one of a range of techniques that we use to improve and preserve the condition of our highways across Oxfordshire.”
Safer and longer-lasting roads
Many people will know surface dressed roads for their appearance soon after the work is done. However after a short period of bedding in, when sweeping any loose chippings and any necessary relining is done, the surfaces are indistinguishable from any other except for the absence of cracks and potholes. Skid resistance is also improved.
The county council has gained a reputation in recent years for innovation and, as part of the surface dressing programme this year, will be trying out something called ‘Surface Seal’ - an additional treatment added to a newly dressed road.
This application is designed to improve the retention of the chippings. The hope is that it should provide additional waterproofing and increased durability to prevent defects, cracks, and potholes, particularly at areas such as tight bends or junction. The surface seal also enhances the appearance of the new surface giving a deep and uniform black which is comparative to a new asphalt surface.
Getting the most out of our money
County Councillor Constance explained: “As well as putting many extra millions of pounds into road repairs we are also looking at getting the most out of every pound we spend.
“That is why we have been trialling things like road recycling, techniques like Dragon patching and now Surface Seal which has the potential to give even better and longer lasting results.”
Surface seal will be used on three sites covering approx. 10,000m2. Its performance will be monitored by engineers and, if it works as hoped, there could be more used next year.
List of sites
The list of sites our team will be working on is below. Road users will be alerted to planned work by on-site signs and work could be delayed or rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions.
A40 Barnards Gate
A40 Cassington to Eynsham
Drayton High Sreet,
Rowstock to Chilton (A4185 )
A417 Hendred to Ardington
A420 Dual Carriageway
Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor
A40 Witney bypass - Shores Green - End - westbound slip
A40 Witney bypass - Shores Green
Wroslyn Road. Pigeonhouse Lane to Elm Farm
Combe Holt to village
A44 Radford junction to Enstone village
B4031 -A361- Iron Down Hill
Wiggington Heath to Milcombe
Wiggington Heath Gate to Nil Farm
Wiggington Heath Turpins Lodge to Withycombe Farm
A422 Stratford Road – Wroxton to Indian Queens
A422 Ruscote Ave. LOCKHEED CLOSE TO LONGLANDES WAY
A422 Ruscote Ave. A423 TO LOCKHEED CLOSE
A422 Hennef Way, Concorde to A423
A422 Hennef Way, Ermont Way to Concorde
A4142 Eastern bypass. Horspath Driftway to Risinghurst traffic lights. northbound
A4142 Eastern bypass. Risinghurst to Horspath Driftway (southbound)
B4100 Adderbury - Banbury Business Park
A4421 South of Newton Purcell
A4260 Steeple Aston duals to Hopcrofts HOLT
West End, Bridge to Stratford Lane turning (new surface)
A4260 Rousham Gap to Bunkers Hill
A4095 B430 to the junction with Akeman St. north of Kirtlington
A4095 from jct with Akeman St to junction with the B4027 Enslow
Un named lane from village toOld Park Farm
B480 Chiselhampton to Chippinghurst turn
B4105 Golden Balls to Chiselhampton
A4130 Crowmarsh Hill to Gangsdown Hill
Greys Road, Henley to Rotherfield Greys
Sonning Common Road. Coppid Hall crossroads to Devil's Hill junction
Harpsden Bottom ( Woodlands Road to Devils Hill )
B4016 Hagbourne to Blewbury
Un named road leading to church
Stanford in the Vale
Faringdon Road roundabout to The Holloway Road
A420 to shut line south of Gore Farm
Newbridge to Appleton cross roads
B4449 - Hardwick- Stanton Harcourt
Road to Yelford
B4020 Shilton to Burford Garden Centre