How were these roads chosen, mine isn’t on the list?

Roads to be repaired during our annual maintenance programme are selected following independent condition surveys in addition to reports from highways inspectors, councillors and members of the public.

This annual programme aims to use a carefully considered prioritisation process to select the roads that are in the greatest need of repair.

Most of the roads are selected from data received some months before the programme was published and there will unfortunately always be some roads that have deteriorated more than expected.

You can check if maintenance is due by looking at the list below.

Search for roads due for maintenance in 2020

Please do not report a pothole or road defect if it is already scheduled to be repaired. 

Report a pothole or a damaged road

Why are you not investing more money in the programme so you can resurface more roads?

Wirral Council is responsible for approximately 737 miles of road and it is estimated that repairing all our roads would cost in excess of £120 million.

This year, we are making a significant investment of £6 million into the programme.

The council aims to make our highway system efficient and sustainable so that our residents can safely travel around the borough. The roads and treatments are carefully considered and chosen based on their impact on the community and the roads in the greatest need of repair.

Why are these roads being resurfaced now?

Our road maintenance programme is an annual programme and this year, just as every year, we aim to treat and repair our roads to maintain an efficient, safe and sustainable network of roads for Wirral residents.

The repairs are scheduled to start in summer as this is often the most efficient time of year for these works due to the likelihood of improved weather conditions.

The weather conditions play an important factor in how long the repair will take as the material and treatments need to dry before traffic can return to the road.

What treatments will the roads in this programme receive?

The resurfacing or reconstruction materials used in this programme are Hot Rolled Asphalt (HRA) and Dense Bitumen Macadam (DBM).

HRA is the most durable surface and can last 10 to 20 years. It is our choice of material for main and commercial routes with heavy traffic. DBM is used for less busy roads, and depending on location, can last between 8 to 16 years.

Surfacing treatments that we use include Surface Dressing, (which we now use with a Lock Chip treatment) and Micro Asphalt.

Surface Dressing is the most widely used material to extend the life of a road and lasts between 10 to 20 years. Lock Chip is an overspray used with Surface Dressing to reduce chipping loss. Micro Asphalt is used for a variety of surfaces and is laid over the existing surface to provide strength to the original road and usually lasts for 10 years.

Are different treatments and materials used for different roads? 

Yes, the treatments and materials used for repairing the road within this programme have different properties and processes, and are chosen for each road based on multiple criteria, including:

  • the issue and scale of issue in need of repair (for example, crack, pothole or full road surface)
  • the location and position of the road
  • the material or treatment that can provide the greatest sustainability to the current road
  • the efficiency of repair, that is, the length of time to repair or the potential inconvenience to residents

Why are some roads being completely resurfaced and others only receiving patch repairs?

The issues with the current road surface will, along with other factors, determine what materials and treatments will be used on the road.

If the current road surface has potholes and small cracks, then patching repairs are the most efficient way of repairing them however, certain roads may need the road surface to be completely restored and require resurfacing.

Patch repairs are often in preparation for full surface treatments within the next few years.

All works are chosen based on efficiency, sustainability and the material or treatment that will maintain our high-quality road network.

If my road is on the list, does this mean I can’t park outside my house?

The roads selected to be resurfaced in this programme will receive repair and maintenance work over the next few months. We ask you to please move your car whilst this work is being done so that the work can be completed as efficiently as possible.

Before work takes place, the council’s highways team and contractors will be posting leaflets to houses that will be affected and signs will be positioned around the area to inform of the works. This will allow you time to make alternative parking arrangements for your vehicles.

My road says it was due to receive works this week but no works have started?

Works are scheduled in a programme so that our contractors can get round all of the roads that need to be completed.

The weather and other external conditions outside of our control can significantly impact road surface works. If works need to be rescheduled, this can sometimes mean a delay so that the process can be completed at a more suitable time.

Signs and diversion routes will remain in place until any works are completed.

Why does it looked like the drain is blocked now that my road has received works?

Before works are completed all iron works including gullies for drainage systems are masked and taped over to prevent road materials going into the drains. To reduce the impact on drivers, roads are reopened to traffic as soon as possible after works to the surface are ok to drive on.

Works to the surface of the road are just one stage of the process, after a road is reopened to traffic, our contractors will later return to remove the masking and taping from the ironworks and ensure they are all ok.

There are loose chippings on my road, is this the finished road?

One of the ways to restore a road surface is a treatment called Surface Dressing. This process involves laying a sticky layer, a layer of chippings, another sticky layer and a further layer of chippings. The last layer of chippings is rolled in by machine, but the surface is helped by traffic travelling over it at slow speeds to further help push the chippings down and solidify the surface.

Another treatment called Lock Chip is now used on Surface Dressing treatments to help lock down the chippings, reducing chipping loss after they have been pushed into the surface. This will further extend the life of the road.

Once my road has received works, how long before the lines are painted back on?

The length of time between completing surface works to a road and the lines being repainted onto the road can vary – depending on the surface type used and the programme of works.

Weather dependant, line marking will be usually be completed within a few weeks of the first road surface works.

Signs informing traffic of the lack of line marking or cat’s eyes will remain in place until they are completed.