AS part of a £3.5million project to improve road surfaces Worcestershire Highways teams are set to roll into town.

The summer-long project is the latest in a line of investments that has seen more than £50million worth of improvements take place since 2011.

Surface dressing is a treatment that involves the spraying on of a coating of bitumen to waterproof roads followed by one or more layers of stone chippings to restore skid resistance.

Worcestershire County Councillor John Smith OBE, cabinet member for highways, said: "The project is continuing to roll along well and we'll be in Redditch very soon improving a number of roads in the area.

"Surface dressing is a great cost effective way of maintaining our county's roads. It's also efficient and can be done quickly cutting down on road or lane closures that cause inconvenience to motorists."

He added: "We know from speaking to residents and businesses that improving the condition of our highways is a priority.

We've invested more than £50million to projects like this over the last few years. The situation has improved but we're still committed and will continue our efforts."

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The Advertiser reported last week that Worcestershire County Council had been successful through a competitive bidding process and is to receive an extra £3.3million from Central Government, one of the largest shares of the funding allocated in the West Midlands, to go towards repairing roads following this winter's severe weather and flooding.

This funding, in addition to the surface dressing investment, was awarded to local authorities based on the length of roads it maintains with extra cash allocated to councils able to demonstrate best practice in highways maintenance.