Island Roads is on standby to treat some of the Island’s roads should they begin soften in the sustained high temperatures we are experiencing.
As we have already seen in other parts of the UK this week, it is not uncommon for road surfaces to be affected by unusually high temperatures as the materials commonly used will start to soften at temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius.
As the dark roads material can absorb a lot of heat, air temperatures in the high 20s can result in much higher road surface temperatures. Crushed rock dust may be applied on areas where the tar becomes ‘sticky’, this will minimise further deterioration and improve grip.
Island Roads is monitoring both temperatures and road conditions and if action is required we are ready to respond. Naturally, we will keep residents and the media updated of any such action.
Photo: The scene in Blackwater last year