Road resurfacing frequently asked questions

What is micros-asphalt surfacing?

Micro-asphalt surfacing is a preventative maintenance treatment which helps seal and protect the road surface. It is laid over the existing surface, filling in minor depressions and rutting. The new surface coating improves grip and creates a new waterproof surface.

Will the road need to be closed?

The road needs to be closed during the working hours (8am-5pm or sometimes 9.30am-3.30pm) to keep the public, residents and workers safe. Access will therefore be restricted.

Will there be any access for residents and businesses?

Where it is safe and possible, access for residents and businesses will be given during the works. There will be times when access cannot be given (for example, when tarmac is being freshly being laid). Emergency services will be given access at all times.

Will I be able to access my drive 24 hours a day?

This is not possible. Due to the nature of the work involved, there will be periods when access cannot be maintained. If you have any specific access requirements, please speak to the site team beforehand and they will be able to assist you.

How long will the work take?

Micro-asphalt surfacing is usually completed at each site within the day. However, these works are weather dependent and any changes to the dates will be reflected on Advance Warning signs displayed on the road (yellow signs with RBC logo at each end of the road). A few weeks later, sweeping, raising of any low ironworks and replacement of road markings will follow.

Is there alternative parking available?

We cannot advise on alternative parking. However, please note that parking is suspended only during working hours (8am-5pm or sometimes 9.30am-3.30pm). Parking outside of these hours is permitted.

What if there is no activity on my road?

We carry out surfacing on multiple roads each day, so it is possible that the work on your street is still to follow. If there are any changes to the programme, the advanced warning signs displayed on site will be updated.

Why was I not informed about the proposed works before you arrived on site?

Signs are erected on site at least 7 days prior to works commencing. You should also have received a letter containing further information as these are delivered to all properties that are affect by the works.

What happens if the works get postponed?

If a delay happens, due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, then the advanced warning signs on your street will be updated, letting you know about the delay and the change of date.

Why are there loose chippings on the road?

There will be an initial loss of stones while the volatiles in the bitumen release and the material settles down. This takes a couple weeks, so the road will seem rough and gravelly. The road will be swept a few weeks after the road surfacing, along with raising of any low ironworks and replacement of road markings.

Why was my road not chosen for surfacing?

We continually carry out road condition surveys on our carriageway. Depending on the road type and condition, some roads (particularly residential roads) will be treated with preventative maintenance treatments such as micro-asphalt. Others may require much more extensive treatments and are be left until treatment can be prioritised for funding.

How can I help?

It would be much appreciated if you could ensure vehicles are not parked on the road during the day whilst the work is in progress. Should this cause any problems or concerns then please contact us or alternatively speak to site team on the day.

It will not be possible to park on the road during this time. Any parked vehicle will be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and will be removed.

Last updated on 23/02/2022