Shetland Islands Council Surface Dressing Information Roadworks are never popular however they are Contacts for Surface a “fact of life” if we want to have well main Dressing Enquiries tained roads. Alan Stevenson All surfaces wear with time and need mainte 01595 744107 nance to keep them in a safe condition. Surface dressing provides a simple and cost John Duncan 01595 744124 effective way of improving the surface and preventing further deterioration leading to Gremista Office expensive repair work. This information sheet 01595 744100 answers some of the more common questions asked about why we surface dress our roads. Or write to: Ron Beardsley Maintenance Manager Gremista Lerwick Shetland ZE1 0PX Q. Spreading hot bitumen and loose chips is a very messy method of repairing roads. Why is it still used? A. Surface dressing is a cost effective treatment that minimises further deterioration of the road surface. It seals the surface and provides good texture to reduce skidding. Surface Dressing Information Q. What does surface dressing Advisory speed limit signs are left involve? out for a few days until most of the loose chips have been removed. A. We spray the existing surface This is both to protect the new with a coating of hot bitumen and dressing and to prevent damage to cover this with stone chips. The vehicles. Depending on the weather chips are then rolled into the bitu we may carry out additional sweep men to provide a water resistant ing or dusting to minimise the effect protective layer with improved on traffic. skidding resistance. Q. What can I do to help? Q. Why not wait until after the summer to do this work? Motorists can help by driving slowly and observing the slow speed signs A. This treatment can only suc particularly during the first few days cessfully be applied during warm after application of the treatment. weather. In colder and wetter Residents in the area receiving weather the bitumen fails to bond treatment can assist by making sure to the existing road leading to that their cars are not parked in the early failure. area to be treated. In urban areas we will try to advise residents a day or two before treatment. Although Q. Why are so many loose we will try to treat your road on the chipe left behind? agreed date it must be recognised that the process is weather depend A. To make sure that the whole ent so treatment may be delayed by surface is covered and we don’t adverse conditions. Parents are end up with bare patches we need asked to keep small children away to put down more chips than will from the area being treated. Heavy be needed. We leave the loose plant is dangerous and children’s chips for a short period to be traf clothes, skin and toys can all get ficked after which they are swept marked with bitumen. Report any clear. concerns immediately to our office 01595 / 744100.