Drivers warned of miles of summer roadworks

ALMOST 40 miles of roadworks will take place across Northumberland.

The county council will begin its annual surface dressing work this month.

The programme will cover a total of 39 miles of carriageway in about 50 different locations.

The work involves applying hot tar to the road surface followed immediately by chippings.

Excess chips are then removed by a mechanical road sweeper.

The process seals minor surface cracks to prevent water damage, protect the underlying construction and restore the surface texture and skidding resistance of the road.

Areas to be tackled include the A696 Belsay to Harnham, the A197 Whorral Bank, the C117 Chevington Moor Crossroads to Stobswood, the C195 Elfs Hill, Knowesgate, the C151 Eastgate to Broadlaw, the C357 Milkhope to Horton Grange, the C354 Prestwick to Newcastle boundary and the A1068 Hadston towards Widdrington.

Council Executive Member of Highways Alan Thompson 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.”

Advance warning signs will be in place at the affected locations several days before the work is due to begin.

Drivers are advised to take extra care and follow the speed limit signs on recently-treated roads until essential sweeping has taken place.

The works programme is expected to run until August.

For more details visit www.northumberland.gov.uk, email ask@northumberland.gov.uk or call 0845 6006400.