Annual road resurfacing programme completed in Bath and North East Somerset

During the course of 2022, VolkerHighways’ Bath and North East Somerset highways term maintenance contract has completed approximately 16.5km of resurfacing works across the district.

In collaboration with Bath and North East Somerset Council, VolkerHighways maintains 1,102km of highway, and this year completed its road resurfacing programme on time and under budget, despite the challenges posed by the rising cost of materials. In total, 114,955m2 of highway has been brought back to a high standard – that’s an area equivalent of 16 football pitches.

The team has completed 26 road resurfacing schemes, including the A4 through Saltford, Churchill Gyratory in Bath, Wellsway in Keynsham and A368 at Chelwood.

The ongoing patching programme, which involves smaller resurfacing schemes, has so far seen an additional 44,132m2 of highway resurfaced. This year alone, 27 of these schemes have been completed across the region.

In advance of each scheme, safety inspections are carried out and roads in the worst condition are prioritised and repaired first.

Alongside the delivery of the resurfacing programme, between April and November 2022, VolkerHighways and Bath and North East Somerset council have also:

  • Repaired 1,708 potholes
  • Carried out 6,344 planned highway safety inspections
  • Completed 1,702 reactive highway inspections

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for neighbourhood services at Bath and North East Somerset Council, said: “Maintaining our highway network to a high standard is essential for road safety, and a lot of work goes into these schemes, which have to be carefully managed to minimise the impact on residents and businesses.

“We’re glad we could deliver on all the planned schemes and hope residents in those areas where work has been completed are now benefitting from safer, smoother and quieter roads.”

Jerry Pert, operations director for VolkerHighways, said: “We are pleased to have completed another very successful resurfacing programme in Bath and North East Somerset this year. We have had a particular focus on reducing our carbon footprint this year, and have trialled various carbon-cutting techniques to support us with this. We look forward to developing this further next year.”

Over the coming months, VolkerHighways will begin to draw up next year’s programme of work, providing early contractor involvement to identify the most suitable treatment for each site.

Read more about a carbon-saving alternative we used on a scheme along the A368 at Chelwood, Somerset, here.

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