£7m road works finished early
The life of more than 165 miles of roads across Hampshire has been prolonged by an investment from the county council.
A total of £7million of surface dressing improvements have been completed two weeks ahead of schedule by the authority, to help remove potholes.
Roads from all across the county, including in Basingstoke and Deane, have been tended to as part of the project, which is designed to seal the road surface from water damage, and stop cars from skidding.
Council workers started the process of surface dressing in the spring, with the project benefiting from a £1.48m Government grant to help fill in more than 28,000 potholes in Hampshire.
And the authority’s executive member for transport and environment was quick to express his delight at the works being completed ahead of schedule.
“The county council’s Operation Resilience team has been working tirelessly over the spring and summer months to complete our annual surface dressing programme to ensure Hampshire motorists can keep moving,” said Cllr Rob Humby.
“With an average of 140 miles of roads and footpaths treated each year, the team are already putting their skills and expertise into planning next year’s programme.
“By undertaking this preventative maintenance work the life of the roads are extended, therefore allowing the County Council to use its limited funding efficiently and effectively to keep Hampshire residents and businesses moving on the road network.”
Surface dressing involves roads being sprayed with bitumen to provide a new waterproof seal, and then the adding of a thin layer of stone chippings to improve skid resistance.
Paul Anderson, account director for contractors Amey in Hampshire, said: “Working with such a varied team requires a lot of careful and detailed planning from all those involved to deliver the programme on-time, let alone deliver the programme early, and despite some difficult weather conditions which could have affected our timescales.
“Our thanks goes to everyone involved, and we’re already well into planning for next year’s season.”