Surface dressing to ‘pothole-proof’ county roads

ROADS across East Sussex will receive a summer makeover to extend their life and help stop potholes forming.

Over two weeks, surface dressing will be carried out on 29 miles of county roads – the equivalent of the distance from Lewes to Hastings.

The process, in which roads are coated with a thin layer of tar and stone chippings, protects the carriageway from water and frost which can lead to potholes forming, and can extend the life of the road by up to 10 years.

The East Sussex Highways scheme, which runs from Monday, August 19 2019 to Tuesday, September 3 2019, includes roads in Battle, Framfield, Glynde, Hastings, Kingston, Lewes and Newhaven.

Cllr Claire Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said: “Surface dressing is a relatively simple and cost-effective way of protecting our roads.

“I know from speaking to residents that potholes are a major concern for people, and surface dressing is a way of preventing them from forming in the first place.

“Whilst there may be some disruption, I’d ask residents to bear with us while the work, which will extend the life of these roads, is carried out.”

After the tar and chippings are applied, the road is swept before it is reopened to traffic, which helps the chippings to bed in. The road is then swept after 24 hours, three days and seven days, before road markings are reapplied.

The work is dependent on the weather and dates are subject to change but residents will be kept informed of any changes via advance warning signs.

Roads will be closed while the work is carried out with signed diversion routes in place. A temporary speed limit will be in place after the work is carried out.

Full details of all affected roads can be found on the East Sussex Highways website at

The provisional schedule for surface dressing is as follows. Dates are subject to change due to road availability and weather conditions:

Wartling Road, Wartling – Mon 19 Aug 2019
Levett Avenue, Polegate – Mon 19
Coldharbour Road, Upper Dicker – Tue 20
Camberlot Road, Upper Dicker – Tue 20
The Dicker, Lower Dicker – Tue 20
Mark Cross Lane, Ripe – Wed 21
Chalvington Road, Chalvington – Wed 21
Deanland Road, Chiddingly – Wed 21
Littledene Lane, Glynde – Thu 22
Ranscombe Lane, Glynde – Thu 22
Wellgreen Lane, Kingston – Thu 22
Ashcombe Lane, Kingston – Thu 22
Ashcombe Lane, Kingston – Thu 22
Clayton Road, Ditchling – Thu 22
Hamsey Road, Barcombe – Fri 23
Pound Lane, Framfield – Fri 23
Blackboys Road, Framfield – Fri 23
Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey – Fri 23
Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield – Tue 27
Sandy Lane, Chelwood Gate – Tue 27
Maresfield Bypass, Maresfield – Tue 27
New Road, Duddleswell – Wed 28
Earls Down, Dallington – Wed 28
Kane Hythe Road, Battle – Thu 29
Powdermill Lane, Battle – Fri 30
Eatenden Lane, Battle – Fri 30
Hastings Road, Battle – Sat 31
Sedlescombe Road – North, Hastings – Sat 31
South Coast Road, Newhaven – Sun 1 Sep
Town Littleworth Road, Barcombe – Mon 2
Malling Down / Uckfield Road, Lewes – Mon 2
Golden Cross, Chiddingly – Mon 2