WORK has started this week on a £2.7million scheme, which aims to improve roads across the East Riding and help prevent potholes from forming.

Over the next five months, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s highway maintenance team will work to upgrade road surfaces at 190 sites across the East Riding as part of the annual surface dressing programme.

Around 16,000 tonnes of stone chippings will be laid on around 750,000 square metres of roads, from major routes to rural and residential areas.

Surface dressing is carried out every year by the council between April and the end of August, as a quick and economical way of repairing and maintaining the surface to extend the life of the road.

The work involves spraying hot, sticky bitumen on to the road, spreading chippings on top, and then using a roller to press them into the road.