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.
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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