£36m cost of flooding to Hampshire's roads

Daily Echo: £36m cost of flooding to Hampshire's roads £36m cost of flooding to Hampshire's roads

REPAIRING Hampshire’s flood-damaged roads after the wettest winter on record could cost up to £36 million.

The huge repair bill was revealed as the Government said it was making available £140m to repair roads – but that pot is to be dished out to whole country.

It comes weeks after county bosses passed a budget that aims to cut £3.4m from road maintenance as part of an overall drive to save £92million.

Initially, it was thought that the repair bill would be several million, but the true bill has rocketed as the true extent of the damage became clear.

The county’s roads are ravaged by hundreds of potholes as well as widespread scarring to the road surface after a constant barrage of storms.

Engineers are faced with widespread drainage work and once river levels have subsided they are preparing to deploy underwater divers to assess damage to bridge structures.

But Environment Councillor Seán Woodward said it was unclear how much of the Government cash the county council would receive, and warned the full extent of the damage will only become clear once ground levels receded.

He said: "Our estimate is that, to fix the extensive winter damage on Hampshire’s roads would cost between £25m and £36m.

“We are committed to keeping Hampshire moving, and will, as soon as we can, assess the damage to the road network, prioritise what needs to be done first, and programme in the works.

“We have 5,280 miles of road in Hampshire to take care of – many of which have suffered prolonged flooding while all of Hampshire has experienced extremely heavy rainfall over many weeks.

“Excessive water seeping into the road surface, followed by freezing overnight temperatures, causes it to break up from underneath, causing damage, and creating defects and potholes which are costly to repair.”

He added:“During the flooding, we’ve been working around the clock to keep the roads open, clearing water and fallen trees, and, in some instances, building temporary roads above flooding to keep major routes open where it is possible to do this. We are now looking at plans for resurfacing the worst affected roads and pavements, drainage works and edge repairs.”

A Department of Transport spokesman said it was now inviting local authorities to bid for the money.

Southampton City Council said it has not calculated its repair bill yet.

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6:10am Wed 12 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Nothing new here. The roads in Southampton have been a disgrace for years. Cheap repairs cost in the long run, throwing some tarmac in a hole and squashing it down dosent last long.
Nothing new here. The roads in Southampton have been a disgrace for years. Cheap repairs cost in the long run, throwing some tarmac in a hole and squashing it down dosent last long. townieboy
  • Score: 16

6:51am Wed 12 Mar 14

Leaveitbe says...

I agree completely. Our road was resurfaced for the first time in 33 years of us living here and although we were reassured by the council that it would last it had to be completely re done 2 years later due to the "new" surface lifting off!
The road crew were working on site an average of 4.5 hours a day as their time was spent clocking in at the depot, travelling to the repair site and repeating the process to clock off. It seemed no sooner had they arrived than it was tea break time, lunch time and break time before leaving again, some times as early as 2.30.....
I agree completely. Our road was resurfaced for the first time in 33 years of us living here and although we were reassured by the council that it would last it had to be completely re done 2 years later due to the "new" surface lifting off! The road crew were working on site an average of 4.5 hours a day as their time was spent clocking in at the depot, travelling to the repair site and repeating the process to clock off. It seemed no sooner had they arrived than it was tea break time, lunch time and break time before leaving again, some times as early as 2.30..... Leaveitbe
  • Score: 10

8:50am Wed 12 Mar 14

eurogordi says...

I had to recently report a large pot hole on a busy road in Totton three times before it was repaired properly. The first repair saw a contractor filling the hole with fresh tarmac without any preparation - that lasted about a day! The second repair saw contractors do minimal preparation before filling the hole with more tarmac - that lasted a week. The third repair actually saw people who seemed to know what they were doing cut around the hole and carry out a proper repair which, nearly three weeks later, remains in tact. How much money was wasted on doing this, when it could have been repaired properly the first time!
I had to recently report a large pot hole on a busy road in Totton three times before it was repaired properly. The first repair saw a contractor filling the hole with fresh tarmac without any preparation - that lasted about a day! The second repair saw contractors do minimal preparation before filling the hole with more tarmac - that lasted a week. The third repair actually saw people who seemed to know what they were doing cut around the hole and carry out a proper repair which, nearly three weeks later, remains in tact. How much money was wasted on doing this, when it could have been repaired properly the first time! eurogordi
  • Score: 7

8:53am Wed 12 Mar 14

eurogordi says...

And had Hampshire County Council spent money maintaining roads, the roads around the county might have been in a better state of repair to withstand bad weather. Failing to do that is nothing but a false economy as the cost of you and me ... the tax payer!
And had Hampshire County Council spent money maintaining roads, the roads around the county might have been in a better state of repair to withstand bad weather. Failing to do that is nothing but a false economy as the cost of you and me ... the tax payer! eurogordi
  • Score: 7

9:30am Wed 12 Mar 14

hulla baloo says...

eurogordi wrote:
And had Hampshire County Council spent money maintaining roads, the roads around the county might have been in a better state of repair to withstand bad weather. Failing to do that is nothing but a false economy as the cost of you and me ... the tax payer!
Not only the roads to repair, that is just the end result to a run of neglect.
No dredging of rivers, no maintenance and updating of sewers and rain water run offs, building on green areas are all contributing factors to flooding on roads and subsequent damage.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: And had Hampshire County Council spent money maintaining roads, the roads around the county might have been in a better state of repair to withstand bad weather. Failing to do that is nothing but a false economy as the cost of you and me ... the tax payer![/p][/quote]Not only the roads to repair, that is just the end result to a run of neglect. No dredging of rivers, no maintenance and updating of sewers and rain water run offs, building on green areas are all contributing factors to flooding on roads and subsequent damage. hulla baloo
  • Score: 2

9:44am Wed 12 Mar 14

Franks Tank says...

Perhaps a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs.
It could be called "Road Tax".
Perhaps a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs. It could be called "Road Tax". Franks Tank
  • Score: 8

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