Works paving way towards better Ellon streets

Heavy Metal: A number of Ellon roads and pavements have been resurfaced in recent weeks'Picture: Richard Thomson
Heavy Metal: A number of Ellon roads and pavements have been resurfaced in recent weeks'Picture: Richard Thomson

ELLON residents have been experiencing the smell of warm tarmac, as Aberdeenshire Council continues with a programme of repairs to road surfaces throughout the town.

Pavements on the estate’s Barratt Drive and Western Avenue were resurfaced over last Wednesday and Thursday. The work follows major resurfacing on Craigs Road and the Tesco Roundabout, which had experienced a great deal of potholes and ruts, made worse by the adverse winter weather around the turn of the year.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council confirmed that a programme of works was underway throughout a number of footways in the Formartine area to carry out ‘slurry seals’. The work involves spreading bitumen and aggregate approximately 6mm thick over the footway, which seals the surface and prevents water ingress, thereby prolonging the life of the pavement. The new surface is designed to last for between 7-10 years, and reduces the need to renew the footways, saving expensive renewal costs.

Streets identified for this upgrade work include Western Avenue, Widgeon Way, Eilean Rise, Riverside Place, Bredero Drive, Park Crescent, Park Terrace and Modley Close.