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Pavement maintenance and what it involves

Highway inspectors regularly check all pavements for defects including potholes and they order repairs from a contractor.

Planned maintenance (such as pavement reconstruction and slurry) treats the areas of greatest need and slows down deterioration of the network by carrying out less expensive treatments where they will be most cost effective.

The annual programme for pavement reconstruction is currently still being programmed and will be published on this site as soon as it is available. These works are subject to weather, budget and other programme changes.

Pavement patching

Patching may be carried out where sections of a pavement have deteriorated but the whole area does not need replacing.

Pavement Reconstruction

Reconstruction is carried out when a more durable repair is required as it reduces the need for future maintenance works.

Reconstruction of pavements includes replacing block paving with asphalt pavements, which are less of a safety hazard and are easier and cheaper to maintain. Reconstruction schemes will involve replacement of kerb stones which may result in an alteration of height of the pavements.

We can not guarantee the profile of the pavement will stay the same, and access to driveways will remain unaltered once the new surface has gone down. Drives with steep inclines in or out may find that low profile cars find access more difficult.

Pavement Slurry

Slurry sealing may be carried out as a low-cost alternative to reconstruction as it waterproofs the pavement and can extend its life by up to 10 years. If we replace kerbstones as part of the scheme this may result in an alteration of height of the pavements.

We can not guarantee the profile of the pavement will stay the same, and access to driveways will remain unaltered once the new surface has gone down. Drives with steep inclines in or out may find that low profile cars find access more difficult.

For more information on what footway slurry involves, please watch our introduction to pavement slurry video (YouTube).

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