Road closures - Why is the road closed when nobody is working?

We sometimes leave a road closed when we are not onsite to stop damage to the new surface.

Building a road is like baking a cake.  The mix is wet, you bake it till its dry and then ice it.

When we put new rock down on a road it needs to be wet to help it stick together.  We then need to let the rock dry out before we seal the road.  If the rock is wet we can't seal it.

If cars drive on the road whilst the rock is wet it damages the road and we can't put down the seal. 

We have to fix the road when it is damaged before sealing.  This means the road is closed for longer.

Page last updated: Monday, 15 November 2021