06 August 2010

Northamptonshire County Council is continuing with its new programme of highways maintenance – which aims at improving the road network, making it more resilient to extreme weather conditions and to normal wear and tear deterioration.

The authority, along with its service provider MGWSP, has been carrying out more permanent repairs than before, investing in preventative maintenance to slow further deterioration and concentrating on localised road patching.

The improved integrity of the highway will make it more resistant to wear and tear and the effects of severe winter conditions. In the long-term this will prove to be far more effective and offer better value for money for the taxpayer as on average five times more improvement can be realised by preventative treatment as opposed to reactive maintenance of defects.

The overriding commitment from the council and its service provider is to continue to attend and repair all emergency defects in the county and ensure that the roads and pavements are safe at all times.

Work taking place in the county between August 9 and August 23

Footway works (weather dependent):
Slurry sealing is a thin layer of a bitumen material (tar) with stone added, which dries within a few hours after completion to provide a new top surface on pavements. This prolongs its life and improves water resistance.

  • Kettering - Ise Lodge
  • Stanion - village
  • Daventry - The Inlands estate

Carriageway patching:
This is where small areas of the carriageway are patched with semi-permanent repairs to address localised damage to the highway.

  • Roade - A508 Stratford Road (must tie in with surface dressing, so weather dependent)
  • Yardley Hastings - Olney Road
  • Finedon - Oxford Street
  • Horton - Hackleton Road
  • Yelvertoft - High Street
  • Woodford - Mill Road
  • Weldon - Church Street
  • Pattishall - Church Street
  • Earls Barton - Mears Ashby Road
  • Towcester - Abthorpe Road
  • Yardley Gobion - Moorend
  • Yardley Gobion - Vicarage Road
  • Thenford - Purston Road
  • Northampton - Fairway
  • Northampton - Charnwood Avenue
  • Northampton - The Headlands
  • Great Addington - Addington Road / Irthlingborough Road
  • Corby - Cecil Drive / Burghley Avenue
  • Oundle - A427 Benefield Road
  • Warmington - A605 Peterborough Road
  • Watford - Kilsby Road
  • Sibbertoft - Kelmarsh Road
  • Kelmarsh - Sibbertoft Road
  • Rothwell - Bridge Street / Market Street
  • Rothwell - Tresham Street
  • Rushton - Station Road
  • Moulton - Boughton Road
  • Moulton - Chater Street / Church Street
  • Crick - High Street

Surface dressing (weather dependent):
This is to prolong the life of roads that are starting to show the first signs of minor deterioration. The process is a cost effective method which seals the road surface and improves the skidding resistance of a road which is structurally sound. Tar is laid and one or two layers of chippings are rolled into the surface. Rolling and traffic movement embeds the chippings. Excess chippings are swept away within two weeks but all road users are urged to slow down and drive very carefully, whilst the chips bed in.

  • Northampton - Duston Road
  • A428 Harlestone - west of Glebe Cottages
  • A428 East Haddon Crossroads - towards West Haddon
  • A5199 Northampton - Welford Road
  • A5199 Spratton - Welford Road
  • A5299 Thornby - Welford Road
  • A422 Deanshanger - Mount Hill Cottages
  • A422 - West of Farthinghoe
  • Kings Sutton - Banbury Lane
  • Harringworth - Seaton Road

Area-based – invest to save (weather dependent):
Area-based projects target large areas of residential roads to carry out preventative maintenance that will slow further deterioration. These area based projects will improve the condition, look and feel of these areas and will focus on a comprehensive improvement of the area.

  • Northampton - Hunsbury Area
  • Whitfield