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Road users urged to take care as Moray Council's annual road maintenance programme gets under way

By Jonathan Clark

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MORAY council is urging local road users to take care over the next eight weeks as 43 miles of roads in the area undergo surface dressing.

The work is part of the council’s annual road maintenance programme.

Moray Council has started resrufacing local roads. Pictures: Angus McNicholl
Moray Council has started resrufacing local roads. Pictures: Angus McNicholl

Sections of road being dressed will be marked with signs, with drivers are urged to keep their speed down to 20mph for their own safety and the safety of the workforce.

Moray Council’s roads maintenance manager Mark Atherton said: “The operation involves the distribution of bitumen followed by an application of chippings which are then rolled into the road surface with the minimum of waste.

“However, some surplus chippings do occur and there is a short period of time before these can be swept away.

"It’s during this time that stone chippings can fly up or create the effect of a slippery road. We urge caution and encourage drivers to keep their speed well down when passing over a newly-dressed surface, keep a good distance from the vehicle in front and do not attempt to overtake.

“In urban areas pedestrians should avoid any unnecessary walking on the newly-laid dressing and should also check their footwear before entering homes or vehicles.

“We are grateful to motorists for their co-operation and patience while we carry out these operations, and aim to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Surface dressing has to be done during the summer months as the process requires warmer road surface temperatures and relatively dry weather.

Further information is available at www.moray.gov.uk/sdress.

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