Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Re-surfacing Kingsway

We have been trying to get something done about the dreadful state of the roads in the Kingsway area. We feel the continual patching is not good enough it must be more cost effective to re-surface.

Here is our question and the the councillors in charge of highways reply

a) The roadways in Kingsway are in a poor state, please could the executive
member indicate when these are due for re-surfacing?
b) What assessment is made of the cost effectiveness of patching versus total
resurfacing?

a) The carriageway resurfacing programme is undertaken on a priority needs basis. At present there are no proposals to resurface the carriageways in
Kingsway. The roads are subject to an annual safety inspection, further routine inspections and inspections carried out in response to any complaints received.
Any defects that warrant attention are programmed for repair and any ad hoc defects reported by the public in between inspections are checked and repaired if
necessary. The Highway Inspector responsible for these streets has been asked to undertake an additional inspection of Kingsway and ensure that any defects
are attended to.
b) Actual costs will vary according to the location. In general terms, patching is considered to be at least four times more expensive per square metre than
resurfacing in overall cost. Repetitive patching of a street also impacts on congestion and creates disruption in streets. However, defects in our highways
can appear at very short notice especially during inclement weather. In such circumstances patching becomes essential to keep the highway safe and reduce
the risk of claims against the Council. Officers are developing a Transportation Asset Management Plan with the neighbouring Councils (a Joint Local Transport
Plan objective) and are investigating systems that will facilitate the most cost effective maintenance of the network. This work will ensure the network is
proactively managed and reactive patching and pothole repairs is kept to a minimum.

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