A road improvement plan that will cost the council £4.4m during the next two months is now underway.
The Cumbria County Council works will address surface issues at 97 individual sites across the county.
The breakdown for each district is as follows:
Allerdale – £640,000
Copeland – £525,000
Eden – £ 1.1m
Carlisle – £550,000
South Lakeland – £1.3m
Barrow – £280,000
Cumbria has 4,908 miles of highways and the county council says it is important that the network is maintained with treatments that provide “the best value for money”.
Surface dressing prolongs the life of the surface layer of the road which delays the need for expensive solutions such as full road reconstruction.
Surface dressing extends the life of the road by sealing the surface, thereby preventing the road surface from deteriorating and delaying the development of potholes.
It also helps to waterproof the structural layers of the road and improves resistance against the freeze/thaw weather cycle.
Due to the scale of the works, some delays will be inevitable, but teams will make every effort to minimise disruption, the authority said.
Many of the schemes will be completed within one day. Teams will also facilitate social distancing guidance when working on all projects.
All works are scheduled to be completed by May 28.
The council thanks the public for their understanding and patience while the works are carried out. As with all road works, these will be dependent on suitable weather conditions.
Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This essential package of road maintenance works will replace worn-out sections of routes across the county with a new, hard-wearing road surface, making journeys much smoother for drivers.
“We recognise the importance of the road network in Cumbria and the resurfacing works will be coordinated to minimise disruption and delays.
“There may be some disruption during this period and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We would ask drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys.”