Lincolnshire County Council this week started a three month schedule of innovative work set to repair approximately 19km of unclassified roads across the county and save the authority approximately £1m on traditional methods.
But do you think the roadworks are in the correct location? Do you know of a road riddled with potholes that should take priority?
The authority has developed an’ in-situ road recycling’ process for unclassified roads which not only quickly repairs damage such as pot holes and crumbling on large stretches of road, it also recycles excess material from highways projects on major roads in the county.
Between now and August the county council will carry out resurfacing work on sections of:
East Fen Lane, New Leake;
Love Lane, Wrangle;
Jolly Common Lane, Huttoft;
Hills Borough Farm Lane, Thoresway;
Westholmes Lane, South Kelsey;
Dairy Lane, Blyborough;
Hazelwood Avenue and Clumber Street, Lincoln;
Nocton Fen Lane, Nocton;
Dunston Fen, Dunston;
Fen Road, Ruskington;
Waithe Lane, Ewerby;
Spring Lane, Leasingham;
Heath Lane, Carlton Scroop;
Reedings Close, Barrowby;
The Drift, Denton;
Lower Bitchfield, Bitchfield;
Scotland Lane, Ingoldsby,
Pointon Fen North, Pointon;
Dunsby Fen, Dunsby;
Morton Drove, Morton;
Wood Lane, Northorpe;
North Drove, Counter Drain Drove and North Drove Bank, Pode Hole; and
Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill.
The process enables potholes to be repaired and as well as giving a new structure to unclassified roads with minimal disruption in a small time scale. The work is predicted to last at least 10 years, removing the need to constantly repair pot holes caused by extreme weather conditions.
Area Highways Manager, Mark Heaton, who is the county lead on this work, said: “The speed of which we can carry out this work reduces disruption to motorists but has a big impact on the local road network and economy. We effectively crush the top section of the road, mix it with material taken from major road works elsewhere in the county, a binding material and chippings and then re-shape the road, eliminating pot holes and creating a better road structure. We can then surface this new section of road. This process has proved very effective in the areas where we have already used it.”
Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor Richard Davies, added: “In recent years we have seen increasing budget pressures across the council, including in the highways budget, while at the same time extreme weather conditions have caused an increase in road damage such as potholes. This process shows how innovative thinking can save both time and money and reduce disruption to motorists while being extremely effective in repairing roads.”
So far, since being introduced in 2013, using this process has saved the authority approximately £3m compared to traditional methods and seen approximately 60km of roads repaired. Lincolnshire County Council is the only local authority in the country to repair roads in this way, and as such is being used as part of national studies.