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Project Amber - Creating 21st century roads

Project Amber forms part of our plan to create 21st century roads and make Blackpool better. Blackpool was the first local authority in the UK to use advanced imagery and analysis technology to repair roads. We’re now working with numerous suppliers who provide the latest technology to help us fix roads in a faster and cheaper way.

Recently, lots has been happening behind-the-scenes as we trial better ways to look after some of Blackpool’s roads, particularly in some residential areas.

New technology, such as advanced imagery and analysis capturing, uses ultra-high definition imagery to send road surface information back to our teams. We also trialled new technology to fill potholes, filling in cracks within just a few minutes, which is great news as it means fewer road closures and a better commute for road users.

Surface treatment – how it works

The treatment used as part of Project Amber delivers long-lasting repairs, preserving and extending the life of our road surfaces for five to eight years. Project Amber allows us to repair roads in a faster, greener way, resulting in lower repair costs.

Although some roads may appear to look fine, fine cracks and worn areas can start to appear. If the cracks are left untreated, they will deteriorate further, allowing water to get beneath the surface.

We use a process known as ‘asphalt preservation’. This varnish-like treatment seals and preserves the existing surface. It’s fast, efficient, sustainable and very effective in preventing water from damaging the road and protecting the surface from heavy traffic. It also means less disruption for local property owners, since the process is quieter than traditional resurfacing methods.

Upcoming works 

We are planning to carry out improvements to the surface of roads in Anchorsholme and Squires Gate, starting from Monday 3 October for approximately two weeks. The work will be undertaken between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday to minimise disruption to local residents. A small amount of work is also expected to take place between 9am and 4pm Saturday for ironwork replacement. 

Creating better roads 

The aim of the upcoming works in these areas is to carry out essential resurfacing to provide a smooth driving surface. 

If left untreated, the surface of the road will deteriorate and cause further issues to the foundation of the road, so it’s important that we take action soon. 

When and where the work is happening 

Anchorsholme

Work is set to begin on Monday 3 October 2022 and is expected to be completed by Wednesday 12 October, weather dependent. Working hours will be between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am and 4pm Saturday.

Resurfacing works will be taking place on the following roads:

  • Denville Avenue
  • Idlewood Place
  • Glenarden Avenue
  • Springbrook Avenue
  • and a small section of Seabrook Drive

Map of roadworks on roads in Anchorsholme.

Squires Gate 

Work is set to begin on Wednesday 5 October 2022 and is expected to be completed by Tuesday 18 October, weather dependent. Working hours will be between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am and 4pm Saturday.

Resurfacing works will be taking place on the following roads:

  • Crichton Place
  • Bentinck Avenue (Northern section, between Crichton Place and Abercorn Place)
  • Walpole Avenue (Northern section, between Crichton Place and Abercorn Place)
  • Abercorn Place

Map of roadworks on roads in Squires Gate.

Health and safety guidance 

Pedestrians and road users are requested to exercise caution for the duration of the works and warning signs will be displayed in the area. Parents are also requested to remind their children of the dangers of playing near road works.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience. Thank you in advance for your patience while we make Blackpool better. 

Past and future work

Our most recent work took place in August 2021 on Progress Way, Squires Gate Lane and the Promenade. The works took place overnight in smaller sections, with disruption kept to a minimum.

Improvements were completed in time for the busy August bank holiday and ensured that the essential route was in great shape ahead of the start of the Illuminations season.

We'll be rolling out in more areas across Blackpool in the future to improve roads for commuters and make Blackpool better.

We also worked in the below areas in the past couple of years: 

  • Moore Park Avenue (Bispham)
  • Faraday Way (Bispham)
  • St Annes Road (South Shore)
  • School Road (Stanley Ward)

 

 

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