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Roadworks

Information about planned or current roadworks

Roadworks happen either as a result of work we're carrying out as part of a scheduled programme to repair, maintain or improve our roads, or because another agency or organisation is carrying out installation or maintenance (for instance, on pipes or cabling). 

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Use the map below to search for current proposed works being undertaken in West Berkshire.


How sites are chosen

Our asset management team make sure regular condition surveys of our roads are carried out. This is to comply with the requirements set by the Department for Transport.

The data from these surveys is combined with other known information such as the amount of reactive maintenance that has taken place. The team will then use this information to help identify the areas that need work.

See our pdf icon Highway Asset Management Plan [1004kb] for more information.


Treatment types

Works will generally fall into one of the following categories:

Carriageway resurfacing

This is the replacement of the surface of the road, with a new surface layer (between 30 to 105mm of new asphalt). Sometimes the existing road will be overlaid with the new surface, but generally the existing surface will be removed and a new surface put in its place.

Carriageway structural repairs

This involves replacing the structure of the road. Repairs can be as much as 450mm deep. Often these repairs will specifically target the edges of roads, referred to as 'carriageway haunch repairs'. 

Carriageway surface treatments

These are surface applied treatments intended to help prolong the life of the carriageway by sealing it to prevent water damage. In some cases the treatments also help to restore skid resistance. There are many different types of surface treatments, including:

  • surface dressings
  • asphalt preservations

These are all quickly applied and are efficient cost-effective methods of treating roads.

Footway resurfacing

This involves replacing the footway construction with a new surface. This can be:

  • replacing paving slabs or block paving
  • resurfacing existing footways with new asphalt
  • replacing the kerbs if many are damaged, although this isn't always necessary

Drainage

Drainage works can vary but will involve:

  • investigating and identifying defects
  • replacing existing damaged highway surface water systems
  • replacing soakaways or ditches
  • highway pond maintenance

Not all surface water systems are our responsibility and maintenance of almost all ditches in the district, including roadside ditches, are the responsibility of the landowner. Foul water systems are mainly under the ownership of water authorities.


Road closures

The majority of our works are large scale, which means they need a temporary road closure. We understand road closures are inconvenient, but they are required to ensure works can take place efficiently and safely.

Wherever possible, we send out letters in advance of any work we'll be carrying out. However, if we need to make changes to the schedule at short notice, we're sometimes not able to do this in time.   

Access to your home or business

Sometimes the work we carry out might result in a road being closed. If this is the case, we'll make every effort to make sure those properties directly adjacent to the work being carried out still have access. Unfortunately, inconvenience can't be completely avoided, but we aim to keep this to an absolute minimum.

Parking

When work is being carried out, it may be necessary for you to find somewhere else to park until we're finished. We apologise for the inconvenience this might cause, but this is unfortunately impossible to avoid at times.

Accessing a business

Business' should encourage staff and customers to park nearby and use pedestrian access. If your business is inside the work limits, we can't guarantee vehicular access during our work hours. We would ask you to make alternative arrangements. 

If your business is in the road closure area but outside the work limits, speak to the site operatives who will assist with essential access and deliveries.

Home deliveries

Delivery drivers are often happy to park nearby and use pedestrian access to make their delivery. To avoid disruption, consider rearranging any deliveries for after the work is finished or outside the hours of the closure. 

Needing vehicle access to your property if you have a disability

Call our Customer Service Team on 01635 519080 with details of your requirements. If work is already underway let our site operatives know your circumstances and they will do all they can to assist.

Waste and recycling collections

We'll work to make sure your collections will go ahead on your usual collection day, but we ask that your bins and recycling boxes are put out by 7am. This is to allow for the times of the collections to be varied slightly to take into account the resurfacing work.

Bus routes

We notify bus companies well in advance of any road closures that are required. They will arrange alternative routes. Contact your bus operator for more details. 


List of works

All road maintenance work scheduled to be carried out by West Berkshire Council is listed in our pdf icon Highway Improvement Programme [140kb].

If you have a question about roadworks that aren't listed in our programme, it's likely they're being carried out by another organisation (such as a utility company) - you can check our interactive map of all current (and some future) roadworks in West Berkshire.