How Long Does Road Resurfacing Take?

Over time, road surfaces get worn down by both traffic and the weather. When roads fall below a certain standard, it is necessary to carry out road maintenance.

In this eventuality, surface dressing is re-applied to the road. Factors that are taken into account when deciding what kind of road maintenance to use include the current condition, how busy the route is and which treatment will be most efficient in terms of costs, time and disruption to travellers.

Types of treatments used include surface dressing, micro-surfacing and resurfacing. Resurfacing involves removing the existing surface and replacing it with new asphalt. Road resurfacing is usually the last resort (especially on busy highways) as it can be extensive, very costly and extremely time-consuming.

How Long Does Resurfacing Take?

The time it takes to resurface a road surface can vary greatly. It usually takes longer than surface dressing treatments as it involves more extensive structural maintenance involving removing the worn-out road surface and replacing it. During this time, a diversion is put into place to allow for the work to be carried out.

Resurfacing involves clearing the area of pedestrians, vehicles and debris before removing some (or all) of the existing road surface. Once this part of the resurfacing process is complete, a bitumen spray coat is applied using a spray tanker before the new surface is laid.

As asphalt needs to installed in optimal conditions for it to be effective, resurfacing works may be delayed due to bad weather. This is especially common during the autumn and winter months, when rain, snow or some combination wherein can be a constant in the weather pattern.

Due to these factors, it is hard to say how long road resurfacing can take. Once resurfaced asphalt is laid, it must be left to dry which can take anywhere between 3 and 24 hours depending on the weather conditions. For example, extreme hot or cold temperatures and rain can prolong the drying period.

Highway Solutions From BituChem

BituChem Highway Solutions offer a wide range of highway surfacing treatments designed and installed to suit highway requirements such as asphalt preservation, decorative surface dressing, micro asphalt, and pothole repair products.

All of our highway preservation solutions can be fully installed by our qualified and highly experienced team. For over 25 years we have worked with highway maintenance and construction industries across the UK, developing and delivering cutting edge preservation and repair materials to keep existing surfaces in optimal condition.

To find out more about our innovative products, contact us today.