18th May 2012
Yearly Programme of Surface dressing
This month sees the Department of Infrastructure start its yearly programme of surface dressing, which will be carried out by contractor Colas (IOM) Ltd.
Surface dressing, commonly known as ‘tar and chip’, is carried out for a variety of reasons:
Network Operations Engineer Bill Corlett explained:
“Surface dressing is one of the most cost-effective forms of highway maintenance, but it does have some drawbacks. When it is first put down, there are usually loose chippings on the road surface which have the effect of making the road slippery. This is why it is extremely important that drivers keep to the speed limit of 20mph when going over a surface-dressed road.”
Signs will be erected at intervals along the various roads, and the speed limit must be adhered to until these signs are removed. There may be a need to close some roads during working hours while the surface dressing is carried out. On other roads there will be speed limits and traffic management whilst the works are carried out. The works will be advertised on Road Watch, on the Government web site.
Work on the TT Course will begin immediately after TT, with the rest of the programme due for completion by September, dependent upon weather conditions.
The full programme of works will involve the following roads: