Council leader Glen Sanderson and Councillor Eileen Armstrong

Summer surfacing scheme success

This year’s summer programme to improve the county’s road surfaces is now complete. 
It’s all part of the Council’s investment of over £36 million in improvements to the county’s 3,000 miles of highway and pavements over the current financial year, which will also see range of further road improvement schemes carried out over the next few months.  
This year over the summer months the team improved a total of 71km of road, or a mind-boggling 447,000 square metres of surface across all corners of the county. 
And 2020’s scheme brought extra challenges, being carried out amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the council had to fully consider any risks to both its workforce and the public.  
To enable works to continue the highways team developed and put in place comprehensive new safe working methods, aimed at supporting and enabling all essential works to continue safely.  
Council Leader Glen Sanderson said: “We know how important it is to ensure our roads are well maintained, even in the most difficult of circumstances. 
Our annual surface dressing programme provides added protection to the road surface cost effectively increasing the lifespan of the road, as well as improving its skid resistance, making it safer and smoother to drive on.  
“Our teams have been working in very testing conditions over the summer months to ensure they carry out these improvements while staying safe, and it’s testament to their work that stretches of road throughout Northumberland have been improved in such difficult and challenging circumstances.”
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