Weekly roads update – 8th February 2010

Gloucestershire County Council has fixed more than 5,000 potholes in the past two weeks as part of Operation Road Rescue. Since 25th January, highways teams have been out around the county repairing 5,017 potholes, patching and resurfacing roads that were badly damaged during the freezing weather.

We have diverted 30% extra highways staff into dealing with repairs so there are 70 gangs out on the streets repairing the damage as quickly as possible.

Teams have carried out patching work at the following locations:
East Area
•    B4135 Kingscote
•    A46 Calcot Crossroads to County Boundary
•    Coombe End, Elkstone
•    Tetbury Lane, Leighterton
•    A44 Bourton on Hill
•    Stratton Heights, Purlley Road, Cirencester
•    Shab Hill, Elkstone
•    Easton Grey
Central Area
•    Clifton Road, Gloucester
•    Hales Road, Cheltenham
•    Station Road, Churchdown
•    High Street, Stonehouse
•    A419 Chipmans Platt to Nastend Junction
•    A419 Cowcombe Hill, Chalford
•    Butterow Hill, Stroud
•    Bakers Mill Bridge, Frampton Mansell
•    Winchester Way Cheltenham
West Area
•    Fiddington Lane
•    Wormington
•    Snows Hill
•    Pillowell Road
•    Hales Road, Gloucestershire
•    Clanna Lane, Alvington
We also undertook resurfacing works at the following locations:
Central
•    Newton Road, Cheltenham
•    St Paul Street North, Cheltenham
•    Up Hatherley Way / Cold pool Lane Roundabout
West
•    A38 Tewkesbury Bypass
•    B4221 Kilcot
East Area
•    A44 Bourton on Hill
•    Stratton Heights, Purlley Road, Cirencester
•    Shab Hill, Elkstone
•    Easton Grey
•    A429 Stow Hill
For more information and to view our pothole repair video, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roadrescue.

Operation Road Rescue will take a three-pronged attack on repairs:
•    Worst first: For safety we are fixing the most dangerous potholes first, which may mean that some potholes in a street will be repaired while others are left until later. It is essential that we work like this to ensure the most dangerous defects are repaired as quickly as possible. We’re haven’t forgotten the less serious potholes – they will be repaired as soon as the major work is complete.
•    Patching: In some locations road surfaces have been severely damaged with dozens of potholes caused by the severe weather. Our safety inspection and area teams are prioritising areas where we will be carrying out larger patching works to repair these potholes.
•    Resurfacing: We’re also in the process of re-prioritising our current resurfacing programme to take into account the damage that has happened due to the recent ice and snow. There is obviously a limited pot of money for major schemes like these so it isn’t possible to resurface every single road in the county.

Lisa Bonnell
Media & PR Officer
Gloucestershire County Council
Tel: 01452 425226 / 07805 540422
www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/pressoffice

More information can be found at: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/e-zine