Warning over roadwork plan

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MOTORISTS are being warned that roadworks starting this week in Ilkeston, Sandiacre and Long Eaton are expected to cause disruption across the borough.

The surface dressing work, costing a total of £455,000, is aimed at protecting roads from water damage and improving skid resistance.

Derbyshire County Couincil has planned the works to start on Friday and last for four weeks, closing dozens of roads completely for 10 days at a time while the work is done, including busy routes like Park Road in Ilkeston, Stanton Road in Sandiacre, and Station Road in West Hallam.

Other roads like Green Lane in Ilkeston, Summerfields Way in Shipley View, Low’s Lane in Stanton-by-Dale, and Cat and Fiddle Lane in Stanley Common, will have a 10mph speed limit in place for 10 days at a time.

A council spokesman said: “Surface dressing is a way of improving the surface of a road.

“We do it when complete re-surfacing isn’t necessary.

“It’s really cost effective. It costs around 80 per cent less than road resurfacing which involves digging up the existing road.”

She added: “There will be some disruption but it’s less disruptive than completely resurfacing roads.

“We ask motorists to bear with us while this work takes place.

“It’s on a rolling programme where we do one road and then move onto the next.”

The work in Ilkeston alone is costing £320,000, while the price of the work in Sandiacre is £90,000 and in Long Eaton, £45,000.

Some drivers have blasted the work as ineffective as they claim it will have to be constantly resprayed as hot weather could burn the new tar off every summer.

But the council refuted the suggestions.

“There may be areas where extreme heat causes the bitumen to rise up to the surface,” said the spokesman. “But it is an extremely cost-effective treatment by preserving the life of a road at a fraction of the cost of full resurfacing”