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

Roads to be repaired during our summer 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 2019

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

Report a pothole or road defect

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 £5 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 summer 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 take place 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 place 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 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 is now used 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 and Lock Chip is an overspray developed to reduce chipping loss. Micro Asphalt is most commonly used treatment for a variety of surfaces. This treatment is laid over the existing road 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 current road
  • the efficiency of repair, that is, the length of time to repair or the 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, to inform them of the works. This will allow you time to make alternative parking arrangements for your vehicles.