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Work underway to protect more than 600,000 square metres of Leicestershire roads from potholes

Road resurfacing across the county has begun

Roads across Leicestershire will be treated this summer to help reduce the chance of potholes developing.

Leicestershire County Council will carry out this preventative maintenance on the equivalent of 75 football pitches worth of road over the coming months.

These improvements will help keep the county moving and maintain the condition of the roads.

The works, known as surface dressing, provide the roads with an additional protective layer by sealing the surface with bitumen and stone chippings.

The new layer prevents water and air penetrating the tarmac underneath, preventing potholes, while the stone chippings increase the texture of the road surface.

The process also adds anti-skid qualities to the road, increasing road safety.

Our surface dressing programme is remarkable in the value for money it provides and the improvements to the road networks it offers.

By taking preventative measures now we can avoid problems on the road in the future, saving the taxpayer money whilst keeping Leicestershire moving and making our roads safer too

With more than 2,575 miles of road to maintain across the county, this effort to tackle problems on the roads before they form can reduce reactive maintenance and save money.

Surface dressing is up to 10 times more cost effective than conventional resurfacing, helping to maintain a high-quality road network. The work, which is completed every summer, will be carried out across several months to reduce the impact on motorists.

The work is dependent on acceptable road temperatures and dry weather for the process to fully take effect.

It is hoped that all surface dressing will be completed by September and road users are being thanked for their patience with necessary roadworks.

Any areas that cannot be completed because of the weather will be added to next season’s programme. Residents and businesses will be notified prior to work commencing.

Locations will include:

May

Bottesford, Normanton, Redmile, Barkestone Le Vale, Melton Mowbray, Plungar, Asfordby Hill, Buckminster, Sewstern, Thurnby, Scraptoft, Mowsley, Market Harborough, Lubenham, Billesdon, Little Bowden, Smeeton Westerby, Kibworth, Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt, Tur Langton, Saddington, Bushby, Stoughton, Knaptoft, Primethorpe, Blaby, Huncote, Croft, Narborough, Kirby Muxloe, Countesthorpe, Enderby, Glenfield, Lubbesthorpe and Leicester Forest East

June

Shawell, Lutterworth, Hinckley, Barwell, Kirkby Mallory, Peckleton, Desford, Packington, Normanton le Heath, Heather, Moira, Measham, Appleby Magna, Appleby Parva, Ravenstone, Pinwall, Sheepy Magna, Lount, Worthington, Breedon on the Hill, Hathern, Glenfield, Syston, Queniborough, Barkby, Rothley, Barrow upon Soar, Oadby, Wigston, Beeby, Barkby, Anstey, Woodhouse, Birstall

July

Mountsorrel, Oadby, Great Glen, Wymeswold, Smeeton Westerby, Kibworth Harcourt, Church Langton, East Langton, Wigston, Countesthorpe, Enderby, Mowsley, Laughton, Shawell, Catthorpe, Claybrooke Parva, Ullesthorpe, Hinckley, Dadlington, Earl Shilton, Appleby Magna, Acresford, Stretton en le Field, Ashby de la Zouch, Moira, Loughborough, Barrow upon Soar, Woodhouse, Rothley, Mountsorrel, Sileby, Syston, Birstall, Scraptoft, Keyham, Cossington

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