Road and Footway Maintenance

Tayside Contracts undertakes a variety of surfacing projects including all types of road and footway renewals and construction, overlays, thin surfacing, patching works and small reinstatements for utilities, developers and private customers. 

Road and Footway Surfacing 

Tayside Contracts provides surfacing services with a range of certified materials including Hot Rolled Asphalt (HRA) Asphalt Concrete (AC) and Thin Surface Course systems (BBTM).  

Tayside Contracts provides a full end to end delivery solution which can include the following; 

  • Removal of existing worn or degraded surface areas. This material is taken to our recycling centres and reused within other products. 
  • Street furniture (kerbs and ironwork) is adjusted or replaced, to ensure they follow the profile of the new surface. 
  • Application of bond coat to ensure the new material adheres to the existing surface. 
  • Specialist paving equipment used to lay the new surface; the material is provided by our local quarry in Collace. 
  • Freshly laid material is compacted to create a durable surface. 

Our range of proprietary asphalt products is developed and manufactured in-house at our Collace Quarry. Tayside Contracts also provides certified recycled material solutions, including both processing of road waste, and production of hot and cold laid premium surfacing products. 

Tayside Contracts operate a fleet of specialist equipment to undertake surfacing works, including a range of asphalt pavers capable of machine laying surfaces from 1m to 8m wide. Thanks to our plant and workforce capability, Tayside Contracts can also operate echelon paving techniques to lay surface lanes to greater continuous widths where required. Tayside Contracts also provides bond coat spraying and material haulage services. 

Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance


Suitable to manage minor defects within footway and road surfaces where full reconstruction of the surface may not be required. Patching remains to be a cost-effective solution to prolong the lifespan of existing surfaces. This process is superior to “splodge” patching as the defect and surrounding material is removed to create a robust joint with the existing surface. 

Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance

Surface Dressing 

Surface dressing is a cost-effective process where hot bitumen emulsion is sprayed onto the road surface followed by a thin layer of hard aggregate chips, to provide a new surface course.  

This dressing will seal the existing road surface, improving road texture (grip) for road users. As the process requires the aggregate to be embedded into the existing surface it can only be carried out during warmer months. 


  • Road verges are scraped back to expose full road width if required.  
  • Patching and pothole works to repair major defects in the surface  
  • Cats eyes and other road features are removed 

Surface dressing operations 

  • Traffic management is in place to safely control the flow of traffic 
  • Speed restrictions are put in place for safety of the construction workers, and road users once the dressing is applied 
  • The road surface is swept clean prior to dressing 
  • Bitumen emulsion is sprayed onto the road surface, followed by a dressing of aggregate chips 
  • Aggregate is rolled gently into the road surface using a tyre roller 
  • Loose aggregate is swept from the surface, usually within a few days of dressing 
  • Where applicable, road markings will be re-applied and cats eyes reinstated soon after completion. 
Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance

Slurry Surfacing

Typically used on asphalt footways, slurry surfacing is used to seal and prolong the lifespan of the surface.  Slurry is comprised of fine aggregate mixed with a bitumen emulsion, which is spread evenly and thinly across the surface. 

Slurry surfacing does not provide any structural benefits and is not suitable for high stress areas. 


  • Remedial work may be required to improve integrity of existing surface 
  • Surface is cleaned to remove major debris 
  • Weed killers may be applied to the surface to prevent future growth 
  • Residents should be made aware of the activity to ensure safe access, and to prevent pets from encountering the material.  


  • Site management is applied, to segregate the working area.  
  • The surface is swept clean to improve adhesion. 
  • Kerbs and iron work will be suitably masked. 
  • Slurry surface is applied to footway. 
  • Slurry needs to cure before the footway is opened to the public, walk boards are available and will be put in place if required, for safe access. 
  • The footway should be open to pedestrians within an hour. However, it would be appreciated if vehicles driving over footways would avoid turning or excessive braking for a 24-hour period after laying. 

For further details on our range of services and material products, or for case studies of our previous projects please Contact Us

Road and Footway Maintenance
Road and Footway Maintenance