Roadworks & Road Maintenance

Our highways team inspect, repair and maintain nearly 2,000 miles of roads, footways and redways across the borough.

Roadworks coming up

You can find out what roadworks are planned for each area of Milton Keynes each week on our Highways Register. Click on the links below to view the lists in different formats.

You can also look at planned roadworks for Milton Keynes and other areas online at the website. This website shows events, road closures and diversion routes, who is responsible for the works and the start and finish times.


Section 278 Roadworks July - October 2021

Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 is an agreement between the highway authority (MK Council) and a developer. It allows a developer to carry out works on the public highway such as roundabouts, junctions or improvements for pedestrians and cyclists where planning permission has been given for a development.

The Section 278 works coming up over the next few months in MK are listed below. Any Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) for these works will be listed in our Public Notices section.

V4 Watling Street (Junction 28)

  • 29 July 2021 – 12 October 2021 (extended to 18 October due to national shortage of supplies)
  • Construction of new roundabout on Watling Street for the Fairfields Development Between the H1 and H2.
  • TTRO 1435


Resurfacing Works - roads, redways and footways

We regularly inspect the condition of the highways to see what maintenance work, if any, is required. This helps us to keep our 'assets' in good condition, reduces costs and keeps them safe for all to use.

There are different types of resurfacing methods that we use depending on the type of surface, the volume of traffic, how much budget we have available and the existing condition of the surface. These are:


Surfacing involves removing (planing) the existing road surface and laying a new hot bituminous material layer to the same level.

Surface Dressing

Surface dressing involves applying a thin coating of bitumen on the existing surface after which stone chippings are spread and rolled into the surface.

Micro Asphalt

Micro-Asphalt surfacing involves spreading a fine cold mixed thin asphalt over the existing road surface.


GripFibre surfacing involves spreading high performance cold mixed thin asphalt strengthened by fibres over the existing road surface. You can find out more about this technique in the video below.

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Asphalt Preservation

This is a preventative maintenance treatment for asphalt which works through the application of a bituminous product spray applied to the road surface; it acts to preserve and protect, helping to seal the existing surface against water which can help to prevent potholes forming.


This involves the removal of the existing road surface, processing the material, adding new bituminous binder, then relaying the recycled material as a new layer.


Retexuring involves the mechanical reworking of an existing surface to improve its frictional skid resistance. In addition to improving road safety, the re-use of the road surface via re-texturing considerably reduces resource and energy consumption.

High Friction Surfaces

High friction surfacing is available as hot or cold applied systems. Cold applied involves the even application of a tough liquid binder onto the road surface followed by the application of calcined bauxite aggregate. Hot applied systems involve the application of a hot pre-mixed material consisting of binder and calcined bauxite.

You can view the current and last programme of resurfacing works here:

2021-2022 Resurfacing Programme (XLSX, 18KB)


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Last Updated: 24 October 2021