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Scheme to protect roads from potholes set to receive £1.5 million funding
12:50pm Saturday 20th July 2013 in News
A scheme to pre-emptively protect roads from potholes is to receive £1.5 million funding.
East Sussex County Council is using the money to pothole-proof 30 roads across the county.
Surfaces will be improved and sealed following the winter weather, with repairs to begin at the end of the month on damaged routes.
The work involves laying stone chippings on hot tar to seal the surface protecting it from frost and water damage.
Councillor Carl Maynard, member for transport and environment, said: “Carrying out this work will not only improve the safety of these roads, but will also extend the life of the surface by up to ten years. “With East Sussex County Council having spent around £40 million on road maintenance over the past three years, it is important we demonstrate value for money for our council tax payers.”
There will be little disruption to motorists as vehicles limited to 20mph can use the road almost immediately after resurfacing.
Contractors will apply a layer of bitumen before putting down stone chippings, which are then rolled, with traffic bedding them in. The chippings will be swept from the roads and after seven days the road will be sealed.
Advanced warning signs will be put in place two weeks before work begins and residents will be notified.
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