£36m operation to fix pot holes begins

Daily Echo: £36m operation to fix pot holes begins £36m operation to fix pot holes begins

IT was the wettest winter for 100 years – and it has left Hampshire’s roads riddled with thousands of potholes.

Now a massive operation to repair the worst of the damage is getting under way, with highway chiefs vowing on concentrate on roads that pose the greatest danger to public safety.

Hampshire’s 5,280-mile highway network is thought to include at least 300 sites that need major work.

Repairs will cost at least £36m – and the figure is expected to rise as water levels subside and engineers are able to inspect roads they have previously been unable to reach.

“Pothole Buster” signs will be springing up on routes across the county as the huge repair project swings into action.

About 80 gangs of workers, 60 per cent more than normal, will be deploying extra equipment including “jetpatcher” machines capable of making speedy and effective repairs to flood-hit areas.

Warning signs will be deployed in a bid to encourage drivers to slow down when approaching damaged sections of road that have yet to be repaired.

Many of the worst potholes are thought to be in the Romsey and Winchester areas, which were particularly hard hit by the floods. Several roads in Southampton were also left under several inches of water.

Cllr Sean Woodward, the county council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, said the worst roads would be repaired first.

He added: “As well as the 300 locations where extensive structural work is needed we also expect there will be a number of sites where some form of drainage improvements will be needed to avoid future flooding of roads.”

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6:22am Tue 18 Mar 14

Portswood Pete says...

So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.
So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years. Portswood Pete
  • Score: 21

8:12am Tue 18 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

Portswood Pete wrote:
So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.
I agree, although I don't give a stuff what excuses they blame the potholes on as long as they fix them.
[quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.[/p][/quote]I agree, although I don't give a stuff what excuses they blame the potholes on as long as they fix them. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 4

8:56am Tue 18 Mar 14

southy says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote:
So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.
I agree, although I don't give a stuff what excuses they blame the potholes on as long as they fix them.
The state of the roads and pathways you can blame the 80's Tory Government and there cut backs that they made, Roads use to be resurface every 5 years and we use to get much colder winters and never have this problem
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.[/p][/quote]I agree, although I don't give a stuff what excuses they blame the potholes on as long as they fix them.[/p][/quote]The state of the roads and pathways you can blame the 80's Tory Government and there cut backs that they made, Roads use to be resurface every 5 years and we use to get much colder winters and never have this problem southy
  • Score: -2

9:41am Tue 18 Mar 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote:
So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.
I agree, although I don't give a stuff what excuses they blame the potholes on as long as they fix them.
The state of the roads and pathways you can blame the 80's Tory Government and there cut backs that they made, Roads use to be resurface every 5 years and we use to get much colder winters and never have this problem
You used to claim they were resurfaced every three years and that was rubbish as well but just to humour you, have you asked yourself why this practice hasn't been reintroduced in the 34 years since you claim it was stopped?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.[/p][/quote]I agree, although I don't give a stuff what excuses they blame the potholes on as long as they fix them.[/p][/quote]The state of the roads and pathways you can blame the 80's Tory Government and there cut backs that they made, Roads use to be resurface every 5 years and we use to get much colder winters and never have this problem[/p][/quote]You used to claim they were resurfaced every three years and that was rubbish as well but just to humour you, have you asked yourself why this practice hasn't been reintroduced in the 34 years since you claim it was stopped? Torchie1
  • Score: 2

10:37am Tue 18 Mar 14

camerajuan says...

I've been cycling up the cycle path on The Avenue since way before this winter and can categorically confirm (as can anyone else who has used this "path") that those potholes were not the cause of cold & rain from November 2013 onwards.
I've been cycling up the cycle path on The Avenue since way before this winter and can categorically confirm (as can anyone else who has used this "path") that those potholes were not the cause of cold & rain from November 2013 onwards. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

12:08pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Rhombus says...

Portswood Pete wrote:
So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.
Funny though as much as that may be , I definitely have noticed an increase over the winter. Especially on back roads like school routes etc.
[quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: So all these pot holes only appeared after the recent rains? If you cycled through any part of Southampton, as I have done, you will know that the pot holes are no worse now than they were before. Don't blame the recent rain Echo/Southampton City Council, blame decades of underfunding and cost cutting. Southampton's road are a disgrace and have been for years.[/p][/quote]Funny though as much as that may be , I definitely have noticed an increase over the winter. Especially on back roads like school routes etc. Rhombus
  • Score: 2

12:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

camerajuan says...

camerajuan wrote:
I've been cycling up the cycle path on The Avenue since way before this winter and can categorically confirm (as can anyone else who has used this "path") that those potholes were not the cause of cold & rain from November 2013 onwards.
Why would stating a fact get a vote down? Is Al stalking me again?
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: I've been cycling up the cycle path on The Avenue since way before this winter and can categorically confirm (as can anyone else who has used this "path") that those potholes were not the cause of cold & rain from November 2013 onwards.[/p][/quote]Why would stating a fact get a vote down? Is Al stalking me again? camerajuan
  • Score: 1

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