Cumbria County Council bids for extra pothole cash

The Westmorland Gazette: Cumbria County Council bids for extra pothole cash Cumbria County Council bids for extra pothole cash

PROBLEM potholes across Cumbria’s road network are in the sights of highways bosses after the wettest winter in nearly 250 years.

County council officials are working on bids to win extra Government cash to tackle the winter repair bill.

Local garage owners and bike shops are supporting the move after an increase in the number of motorists and cyclists needing repairs and replacements.

Heavy rain that flooded roads and concealed potholes so that road users had driven through them – buckling wheels, breaking spokes, puncturing tyres and putting out tracking devices – had been a major problem, they said.

The new push comes on the back of an unprecedented £10 million blitz by the county council throughout 2013-14 to sort out some of the county’s estimated 40,000 holes.

Cumbria has around 4,784 miles of roads– everything from major routes to minor rural roads – and £50 million of public cash is spent on them annually, including bridges and street lights.

A spokesman said: “The Department for Transport has made a further £103.5m available to local authorities for repairs following adverse winter weather and we are awaiting an announ-cement on Cumbria’s allocation.”

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The DfT has also invited authorities to bid for a share of a separate £33.5m fund for repairs to A and B-class roads and bridges.

Another £36.5m is being put up nationally – solely for works on minor roads – although campaigners fear it is not enough. Bids had to be submitted to the DfT by yesterday (Wednesday) and Cumbria was working on its submission.

As well as the pothole issue, the county is seeking £730,000 for repairs to A and B-class roads and bridges.

If successful, this money will be pumped into flood-related issues including £240,000 to replace the damaged sea wall with rock armour on the A5087 Ulverston-Barrow Coast Road at Newbiggin.

A spokesman for Evans Cycles on Stricklandgate, Kendal, said potholes were a regular talking point for customers. He told of children going over handlebars and adult cyclists having to swerve out of the way of craters.

And at Windermere Auto Centre, garage manager Andy Moore said: “Potholes are caused by water and frost and on these vehicles the tolerance of the suspension is so precise if it hits a pothole there’s a chance of knocking out the steering geometry which causes uneven tyre wear.”

Nationally, research shows that 2.2 million potholes were fixed last year – 500,000 more than the year before. However, the backlog in repairs is estimated at £10.5 billion.

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11:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

lakesailor says...

They just need to repair each pothole properly instead of doing a "drive-by-repair" in which they throw a shovel-full of tarmac at a hole.
In Windermere the hole opposite Renoir's is "repaired" on a fortnightly basis and the one on the corner near the Motor Boat Club is growing each time it is repaired.
The cost of these fill-and-run repairs must have far exceeded a proper repair, by now.
They just need to repair each pothole properly instead of doing a "drive-by-repair" in which they throw a shovel-full of tarmac at a hole. In Windermere the hole opposite Renoir's is "repaired" on a fortnightly basis and the one on the corner near the Motor Boat Club is growing each time it is repaired. The cost of these fill-and-run repairs must have far exceeded a proper repair, by now. lakesailor
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10:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

loughrigg says...

I agree lakesailor. The temporary repairs last a few months at most. Redressing the road surface also only lasts a year, surely it would be more effective to Tarmac the road properly? Yes, it would cost more initially but wouldn't need replacing every couple of years.
A good majority of road damage occurs around the edges if previous works (utility companies etc). BT, British Gas, Water companies etc should be made to repair the road if it's round one of their previous works.
I'm sick of reporting damage, potholes and defective speed calming (dropper drives appalling ramps) to see nothing ever gets done. The day I need repairs on wheels for my car or push bike I'm going straight to the local authority to claim my costs back.
I agree lakesailor. The temporary repairs last a few months at most. Redressing the road surface also only lasts a year, surely it would be more effective to Tarmac the road properly? Yes, it would cost more initially but wouldn't need replacing every couple of years. A good majority of road damage occurs around the edges if previous works (utility companies etc). BT, British Gas, Water companies etc should be made to repair the road if it's round one of their previous works. I'm sick of reporting damage, potholes and defective speed calming (dropper drives appalling ramps) to see nothing ever gets done. The day I need repairs on wheels for my car or push bike I'm going straight to the local authority to claim my costs back. loughrigg
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10:34am Fri 14 Mar 14

loughrigg says...

Dropper Drive!! Auto correct, grrr. Droomer Drive!!
Dropper Drive!! Auto correct, grrr. Droomer Drive!! loughrigg
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10:39pm Sat 15 Mar 14

life cycle too says...

If all utilities work were made to pay a fee for digging up the road, the more work carried out, the more money could be available for a full resurfacing.

Several areas in Windermere that were "top dressed" have never had the loose chippings swept up, and these are now acting as an abrasive to scour the tarmac sprayed to bind the chippings to the road initially.
This neglect, and pointless patching of holes is a major wast eof funds that could be better used to reinstate roads properly!
If all utilities work were made to pay a fee for digging up the road, the more work carried out, the more money could be available for a full resurfacing. Several areas in Windermere that were "top dressed" have never had the loose chippings swept up, and these are now acting as an abrasive to scour the tarmac sprayed to bind the chippings to the road initially. This neglect, and pointless patching of holes is a major wast eof funds that could be better used to reinstate roads properly! life cycle too
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