DRIVERS in Moray are urged to take care as 37 miles of roads undergo maintenance works over the next seven weeks.
The annual surface dressing programme – which sees bitumen and chips laid to prevent the deterioration of road surfaces through wear and tear – begins on Monday 20 May. Sections of road undergoing treatment will be marked with signs, and drivers should follow the 20mph speed restrictions in place to protect the workforce and minimise damage to the newly-laid surfaces.
Chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development & Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said the process minimises waste however there is the risk of loose chippings.
“Surplus chippings occur during the process and there is a gap required from laying the chips to clearing these up. It’s during this time that flying chippings can cause damage to paintwork or windscreens, as well as create the effect of a slippery road surface; however this risk is reduced with lower speeds and by following the advice of our road technicians.
“Although we’re aware that we’re undertaking these works during the ‘tourist season’, surface dressing has to be done during the summer months as the process requires warmer road surface temperatures and relatively dry weather. This is an important part of our multi-million pound investment in Moray’s road network this year, and our experienced colleagues will ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”
Tips for driving on a recently-dressed road surface:
- keep your speed down
- maintain distance from the vehicle in front
- do not attempt to overtake a vehicle in front
- avoid sudden breaking or acceleration
The programme of works can be viewed on Moray Council’s website: www.moray.gov.uk/sdress
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.