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Surface dressing

Surface dressing is a treatment used on roads to protect and prolong their life. The work will seal and waterproof the road, provide a new surface to improve braking and increase safety.

When we do the work, we'll need to close the road and a signed diversion will be in place.

Other roads may only require one side of the road to be closed at a time, so we will work under stop and go boards. To find out exact times and dates please visit One Network and search for the road you are interested in.

We'll keep local people informed about the work by putting up signs around all the locations a week or so in advance. We can't surface dress in some weather conditions, so all work could be subject to delay.

Surface dressing programme 2024

During 2024/25, we will invest £4.2 million to carry out surface dressing works at 81 sites across the county.

Work will commence on Tuesday 14 May 2024 and, subject to weather conditions, is expected to be completed by late June 2024.

The following roads are listed in order of repair:

  • A6187 Bamford, Hope Road
  • A57 Ladybower, unnamed road section of A57 From Ashopton
  • A6187 Bamford, Hope Road
  • A57, Ladybower
  • A6187 Bamford, Hathersage Road
  • U10179 Buxton, Park Road
  • A624 Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield Road
  • A624 Chinley, Buxton Road
  • A624 Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield Road
  • U10617 New Mills, Longlands Road
  • U11032 Hadfield, Green Lane
  • U10965 Glossop, Arundel Street
  • C12 Calow, Blacksmith Lane
  • U2989 Brockwell, Brockwell Lane
  • U14963 Unstone, Whittington Lane
  • B6050 Cutthorpe, South Terrace
  • B6050 Cutthorpe, School Hill
  • U2089 New Whittington, South Street North
  • B6057 Unstone, Chesterfield Road
  • U14680 Dronfield, Salisbury Road
  • U14668 Dronfield, Longacre Road
  • U14750 Dronfield, Crofton Rise
  • U14893 Dronfield, Egerton Road
  • U14874 Dronfield, Derwent Road
  • B6051 Newbold, Newbold Road
  • A617 Doe Lea, Chesterfield Road
  • B6417 New Houghton, Rotherham Road
  • B6417 Oxcroft, Mansfield Road
  • U15184 Killamarsh, Beech Crescent
  • U14998 Ridgeway, Phoenix Road
  • C26 Ridgeway, Main Road
  • U14993 Ridgeway, Sloade Lane
  • U14990 Ridgeway, Geer Lane
  • B6056 Eckington, Dronfield Road
  • U14406 Danesmoor, Springvale Road
  • C58 Stonebroom, High Street
  • U14532 Shirland, Greaves Street
  • B6013 Shirland, unnamed road from Amber Valley Borough Council district boundary
  • B6014 Stretton, unnamed section of B6014 from A61 at Stretton to Ashover New Road
  • B6014 Woolley Moor, unnamed section Of B6014 from junction W
  • U14555 Milltown, Stonerows Lane
  • U14579 Ashover, Gin Lane
  • B6036 Ashover, Hockley Lane
  • U14570 Ashover, Narrowleys Lane
  • B5057 Two Dales, Sydnope Hill
  • A632 Matlock, Chesterfield Road
  • C290 Matlock, Smedley Street
  • B5035 Wirksworth, Porter Lane
  • B5035 Wirksworth, Coldwell Street / Wash Green
  • A515 Newton Grange / Tissington, Buxton Road
  • A517 Sturston, Belper Road
  • B6441 Ripley, Hartshay Hill
  • C74 Ripley Asher Lane
  • C74 Pentrich, Back Lane
  • U8569 Leabrooks, Charles Street
  • U9162 Ridgeway, New Road
  • B5023 Idridgehay, Wirksworth Road
  • B5023 Idridgehay, Wirksworth Road
  • C16 Stanley, Derby Road
  • U7139 Ilkeston, Queen Street
  • A608 Smalley Main Road
  • B6179 Little Eaton, Derby Road
  • B5023 Duffield, Wirksworth Road
  • C159 Quarndon, Burley Lane
  • A516 Mickleover, Etwall Road
  • B5008 Willington, Repton Road
  • C29 Repton, High Street
  • C29 Repton, Main Street
  • C86 Barrow-upon-Trent, Deep Dale Lane
  • B5020 Radbourne, unnamed section of B5020 Radbourne Common
  • U4957 Hilton, Uttoxeter Road
  • C29 Repton, Hartshorne Road
  • C29 Hartshorne, Repton Road
  • C29 Hartshorne, Netherhall Road
  • C84 Hartshorne, Repton Road
  • C47 Drakelow, Walton Road
  • C248 Netherseal, Main Street
  • B5006 Ticknall/Smisby, Derby Road
  • U6111 Draycott, Wilne Road
  • B6002 Long Eaton, Wilsthorpe Road

Useful information about our surface dressing programme

Help us to help you

You can help us by following this advice:

  • please make sure vehicles are not parked on the road during the day while the work is in progress
  • keep children away from the works to ensure their safety
  • be patient if there are any traffic delays – we'll be working as quickly and effectively as we can to minimise disruption
  • drive slowly and observe the speed limit signs, particularly during the works and for the first few days after application of the surface dressing
  • take care while the works are being carried out which can be dusty, and keep away from heavy machinery and hot bitumen
  • check your shoes before entering your property or car to make sure there is no bitumen from the works sticking to the soles

Choosing which roads to surface dress

Some roads that are in relatively good condition will be treated with preventative maintenance treatments. Others requiring much more extensive treatments will be left until treatment can be prioritised for funding.

Duration of the work

Surface dressing is usually completed at each site within the day. Periodic sweeping continues for approximately one month, followed by the replacement of any lining and cats' eyes.

Accessing your property or business

Due to the nature of the work involved there will be short periods when access cannot be maintained. Where there is particular access requirements please speak to the gang on site who will usually be able to accommodate people's needs.

As with any of our closures access to properties and businesses within the closure will be maintained.

If you need to enter the closure speak to an operative at the closure point who'll be able to advise you further. It may be that there is a short wait while the site is made safe. You may be asked to follow the diversion route to enter the closure at the other end as that is a safer place to enter.

Timing of the work

The surface dressing season is during the warmer time of the year from May to September.

In colder and wetter weather, the bitumen used to stick the chippings to stick to the road surface is unable to work properly, leading to the failure of the repair.

Works on busier routes does not commence until 9.30am Monday to Friday and is generally completed by 3.30pm. However, due to the nature of these works weather can also play its part and may cause works to continue beyond the 3.30pm target.

Road works that are delayed

There are several reasons why the work may not have started, or delayed on the day we're working. These usually come down to unexpected circumstances such as vehicle breakdown, non-delivery or even the weather. Severe weather such as heavy rain or hot days can prevent work from happening.

Loose chippings

Loose chippings are not immediately cleared after completion because a surplus is required as part of the process to provide an even spread of chippings over the road surface, to avoid any bare patches.

We leave the loose chips for a short period to be pushed down into the road surface by passing traffic after which any surplus chips are swept clear.

Advisory speed limit signs are left out for a few days until most of the loose chips have been removed. This is to protect the new road surface and to prevent damage to vehicles.

Depending on the weather we may carry out additional sweeping, dusting or watering to minimise the effect on traffic or residents and ensure the dressing is effective.

Informing residents of the works

Signs are usually put up on sites needing a road closure at least 14 days prior to works commencing. A letter containing further information is also delivered to properties that front the works.

Reducing damage to vehicles

Warning signs are put up along with 20mph advisory speed limit signs. As long as these are observed there should be no damage to vehicles. If a loose chipping has damaged your windscreen, you may be able to claim for the cost of repair or replacement.

Reasons roads are surfaced dressed and not resurfaced

If roads did not benefit from preventative surface dressing maintenance they would require replacement 3 or 4 times as often. Resurfacing roads causes increased traffic congestion and is much more expensive and time consuming.

Frequency of surface dressing

How often roads are surface dressed is dependent upon several factors. Ideally, a new carriageway will be surface dressed 3 times at intervals of between 10 and 15 years, followed by replacement after a further 10 to 15 years.

The difference between surface dressing and resurfacing

Surface dressing involves treating roads which are in relatively good condition with preventative maintenance treatments to maintain their good condition.

Resurfacing is a more extensive structural maintenance treatment which involves removing up to 300mm of a worn-out road surface and replacing this with new material.


View a list of roads to be resurfaced.

Find out more about how we resurface or surface dress roads.