Stretches of road set to be resurfaced

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ROADS throughout Northumberland are to be improved as part of a programme to get 39 miles of carriageway ready for summer.

Among the 50 locations to be targeted are a handful in the south east of the county.

They are the A698 at east Newbiggin, the A192 between Hartford Bridge and Netherton Moor in Bedlington, the A1068 at Plessey in Cramlington, and the A197 at Pegswood.

The improvements are part of Northumberland County Council’s annual surface-dressing programme.

The work – to take place between this month and August on 390,000sq m of carriageway – involves applying hot tar to the road surface, followed immediately by chippings.

The chippings are rolled into the road surface, and excess chips are then removed by a mechanical road sweeper.

This resurfacing seals any minor surface cracks in the road to prevent damage being caused by water seeping in and restore the surface texture and skidding resistance of the road.

Coun Alan Thompson, the council’s executive member for neighbourhood services and highways, said: “The surface-dressing programme is part of the council’s annual improvement of highways in Northumberland, and nearly 50 different locations across the county will benefit this year.

“During the work, minor delays are expected, and we apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to motorists.

“Most works will be completed within one day, with some of the larger schemes taking two to three days, so disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.”

Signs will be put up at affected locations several days before the work takes place to give motorists plenty of warning.