Kirklees Council is planning surface dressing for 32 sites to prolong the life of roads across the district.

Highways engineers have identified priority roads in areas including Almondbury, Kirkheaton, Holmfirth and Mirfield for surface dressing, a preventative treatment that stops water getting below the surface of the road and causing deterioration.

Surface dressing is a treatment that, by sealing the surface and improving the surface texture, can prolong the life of a highway for up to 10 years.

The council says it’s an “efficient, effective and economic method which reduces long-term disruption and keeps highway networks on the move.”

David Shepherd, service director for growth and regeneration, said: “Our surface dressing initiative shows our dedication to improving roads in Kirklees.

“By addressing priority areas, we are able to support safer and smoother journeys across the district.

“We’re not able to resurface every road in Kirklees, but we have prioritised those that have been waiting the longest or are busier routes in urgent need of repair.

“I understand roadworks can be frustrating but we are committed to keeping disruption to a minimum.

“I would like to thank those communities affected, for their patience as our highways teams carry out this important work.”

For work to be carried out safely and efficiently, some roads will be closed whilst the process takes place. Once completed, the road will be reopened with traffic calming measures until the aggregate chippings are embedded.

Manhole covers and rainwater gullies may be adjusted, and road markings will be replaced at a later date.

Roads included in the surface dressing programme are: A629 Penistone Road; C997 Fenay Lane; Fleminghouse Lane; Westgate; A6024 Woodhead Road; A616 New Mill Road; C656 Thurstonland Bank Road; B6123 Batley Field Hill; B6128 Challenge Way; C525 Track Road; C554 Heaton Moor Road; C554 Hollin Hall Lane; C554 Hopton Lane; C554 Town Road; Clerk Green Street; Dark Lane; A58 Whitehall Road; B6124 Soothill Lane; C530 Hey Beck Lane; Banks Road; Far End Lane/Far Banks; Upper Hagg Road; Cross Lane; Dean Brook Road; South View; Stayley Royd; Tenter Hill; Cemetery Road; Flash Lane/Shillbank Lane; Hillhead Drive; A635 Barnsley Road; A642 Wakefield Road.