The process known as surface dressing is carried out during the summer as a major part of North Somerset Council's on-going, low-cost annual maintenance programme. Surface dressing provides added protection to the carriageway surface as well as enhancing the skid resistance, making it safer to drive on. This added protection extends the life of the carriageway surface by up to 10 years.
The works on the A38 will require three separate closures as the scheme will be carried out in stages. Phase one will see the road closed on Saturday 2 July between 6am and 2pmto complete the surface dressing work. Phase two will require a daytime closure on Saturday 9 July to seal the carriageway between 6am and 4pm. The final stage will be a night closure for five nights between 8pm and 6am from Sunday 10 July to allow for the installation of new road markings.
Cllr Steve Hogg, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for highways said the scheme would cause some disruption but the work was essential to prolong the life of the busy road.
"Surface dressing is carried out at this time of year because bitumen and loose chippings bond to the road surface more effectively in warmer weather. We would urge drivers to be patient while we carry out this important maintenance."
Surface Dressing is largely weather dependent and the dates listed may change.
For more information or for any changes to the work programme visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks