A major £440,000 programme of works to maintain roads across Cambridgeshire and improve safety has started this month.

Cambridgeshire County Council will carry out micro asphalt surface treatment which is part of its larger investment in maintaining and improving roads.

Micro asphalt is a thin coat surface treatment used on roads in the early stages of wear and tear.

It consists of a liquid bitumen emulsion mixed with small aggregate, and applied to the existing surface of the road in two layers. The first layer regulates any small holes and ruts, and this is followed by a surface layer.

The treatment seals in the surface of the road from the ingress of water, thus preventing further deterioration and extending the life of the road. It also assists road safety by improving skid resistance.

Before treatment, the road is swept to remove any loose material and any ironwork is masked with tape. Traffic is able to use the road shortly after the material is laid.

The road will normally shed some stone over the first few weeks and may appear untidy at first when newly laid. The new surfaces will be subject to sweeping as required and it's appearance improves after several weeks of use.

To make sure the works can be carried out as quickly and safely as possible road will need to be closed.

The roads being treated include:

Woodland Road, Sawston
Essex Road, Huntingdon
Surrey Road, Huntingdon
Norfolk Road, Huntingdon
Kent Road, Huntingdon
Nene Road, Huntingdon
Sycamore Drive, Huntingdon
Eastwood, Chatteris
Bayford Place, Kings Hedges
Caravere Close, Kings Hedges
Bassett Close, Kings Hedges
Cobholm Place, Kings Hedges
Bagot Place, Kings Hedges
Amwell Road, Kings Hedges
Arden Road, Kings Hedges
Armitage Way, Kings Hedges
Watermead, Barhill
Appletrees, Barhill
The Spinney, Barhill
Field View, Barhill
Pheasant Rise, Barhill
Oatlands Avenue, Barhill

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