Cars left in way of Northamptonshire road resurfacing will be moved by a contractor

Prepare to see plenty of loose chippings around the county as the council begins an extensive round of road repairs.
Prepare to see plenty of loose chippings around the county as the council begins an extensive round of road repairs.

Drivers are being warned of miles of loose chippings on Northamptonshire roads as the county council begins a round of “extensive” road repairs.

This week workforces will begin surface dressing a number of roads by spraying hot tar on to the surface and overlaying them with chippings.

The authority has not provided a schedule of the roads affected yet, but it says when surface dressing is scheduled in residential areas, people will receive a letter through their door notifying them and asking them to move their vehicles off roads and paths.

Advisory signs will also be placed in the streets.

But vehicles left in the way of the proposed works may be lifted to an “adjacent street” by contractors, the council says.

Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Surface dressing allows us to carry out repairs to large areas of the highway in a very cost-effective way.

“This treatment seals and increases the texture of the surface of the road so that the surface is less susceptible to damage in the future. A good surface dressing treatment can last many years.

“However I would urge motorists to slow down on the newly laid surface to minimise the risk of the loose chippings flicking up and damaging vehicles.

“It’s also really important that people move their vehicles off the street where work is taking place as it really helps get the best results.”

A 20mph speed limit will be in places where there are loose chippings.

People are advised to drive slowly, keeping their distance, and to avoid turning or braking sharply. Motorists should also avoid overtaking.