MUCH-needed repair work will be carried out next week to improve 325,000 square metres of roads in Gloucestershire.

Surface dressing work for 28 schemes will start on Monday and last for four weeks until August 24.

The treatment works by sealing the surface of the road against water and air, which causes damage over time.

Chippings are then added to a binder for better grip, improving the skid resistance of the road.

Work will be carried out on roads including Ebrington Hill from the crossroads at Hidcote Lane, Ebrington, to the Oxfordshire boundary, Summerhill Lane, Naunton, Kingwell Lane, Lower Slaughter, and Westcote Hill, Chipping Norton, from the Yellow Hat Gallery to A424.

Repairs will also be carried out Little Rissington to Rissington Road, Bourton and B4077 Gretton Fields to Church Lane, Toddington.

In the majority of cases, the road will be closed while the works take place, which will usually be for one or two days depending on the weather.

Councillor Vernon Smith, Cabinet member for highways, said: “We’re investing £2million in surface dressing this year, which will make a real difference to drivers on the county’s roads.

"I’d ask people observe the signs for their own and others’ safety, but be assured any inconvenience will be worth it.”

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