List of Worcestershire roads to benefit from £3.5m surface dressing programme revealed

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THE list of roads across Worcestershire due to benefit from a £3.5 million revamp can today be revealed - including 34 in Worcester.

The county council has just launched its biggest ever surface dressing programme, which will see workers tend to 206 roads between now and July.

Over the spring and summer highways staff will be working their way across the county covering roads in new chips designed to prevent potholes.

As your Worcester News revealed last week, the project will improve 1.2 million square metres of the network.

The project has started in Evesham this week, and workers will spend a fortnight tending to routes in areas including Charlton, Harvington and Wickhamford.

Worcester will start to benefit from Monday, June 9 and between then and Friday, August 1 34 routes will benefit.

Starting in Kingfisher Close, St Peter's and finishing at the Northern Link Road, it will cover routes across the city including small residential streets and main roads such as Hylton Road, New Road and Spetchley Road.

Councillor John Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, said: "Surface dressing allows us to catch roads half-way through their lifespan and extend them.

“It’s an excellent preventative maintenance measure that offers good value for the taxpayer, which has been used to successfully improve hundreds of miles of highway in Worcestershire over the last few years.

“One of the big advantages of this method is that it can be done quickly thus cutting down on road or lane closures that cause inconvenience to motorists.

“We know from residents and businesses that improving of our highways is a priority.

"Over the last few years we have invested more than £50 million in projects like this and the situation has improved but we are committed to continuing efforts.

“This winter was the wettest on record and, inevitably, that has meant that some of our roads have suffered.”

He said the project would be entirely weather dependent, and the timetable could be pushed back if we get heavy rain or extreme heat.

The council says it will not be closing roads while the surface dressing is done, but in some cases lanes might be reduced temporarily.

WORCESTER SURFACE DRESSING TIMETABLE

Monday, June 9: Kingfisher Close

Queens Wood Drive

Draycote Close

Hidcote Close

Connaught Close

Ransom Avenue

Tuesday, June 10:

Field Walk

Barnes Way and off shoot Barns Place

Springfield Road

Woodbridge Close

Burnham Close

Springfield Close

Wednesday, June 11:

Blackpole Road

Tunnel Hill

Mayfield Road

Monarch Drive

The Spinney

Thursday, June 12:

Lambourne Crescent

Bramley Avenue

Pearmain Close

Cecila Drive

Laxton Avenue

Elison Avenue

Ribston Close

Everard Close

Russet Close

Langley Close

Friday, June 13:

Everard Place

Monday, July 28:

Spetchley Road

Tuesday, July 29:

Spetchley Road

Hylton Road

New Road

Friday, August 1:

Northern Link Road

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11:49am Tue 29 Apr 14

brooksider says...

Any chance of the Worcester News putting the link for the information.
It is easier to find a Tarantula on a Pershore pavement than relevant information the Council's website.
Any chance of the Worcester News putting the link for the information. It is easier to find a Tarantula on a Pershore pavement than relevant information the Council's website. brooksider
  • Score: 9

12:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Leeolitina says...

I gave up looking - its even worse than the HMRC website
I gave up looking - its even worse than the HMRC website Leeolitina
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Tue 29 Apr 14

JohnNevison says...

Without doubt, one of the worst road surfaces in Worcester is Rainbow Hill but I see that it's not getting done, again!!! I have repeatedly complained about this road and I get told it'll be resurfaced on the next round of big jobs...

However, as I have learned, WCC aren't the best at keeping their word and/or being honest about things... A month ago, I filled out a 'Report a Pothole/Highways Defect' on their website and I said the following:

"St Martin Gate Roundabout - A portion of the road surface is missing... This is on the half of the roundabout coming from George St; around past St Paul's St to the B4205...It has been like this since way before November 2012; as seen here on Google Maps:

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.214829&spn=0.001458
,0.004128&t=h&layer=
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This problem has been getting progressively worse since the increase in traffic to the area, cause by the ASDA development..."

WCC's Response:

"No issues found today. This section is inspected on a monthly basis, any defects will be identified and placed for repair."

Sadly, that's a typical response from Highways but anyone who knows where I am talking about will know how bad the hole is here; not to mention the damage it's causing to people's tyres/alloys...
Without doubt, one of the worst road surfaces in Worcester is Rainbow Hill but I see that it's not getting done, again!!! I have repeatedly complained about this road and I get told it'll be resurfaced on the next round of big jobs... However, as I have learned, WCC aren't the best at keeping their word and/or being honest about things... A month ago, I filled out a 'Report a Pothole/Highways Defect' on their website and I said the following: "St Martin Gate Roundabout - A portion of the road surface is missing... This is on the half of the roundabout coming from George St; around past St Paul's St to the B4205...It has been like this since way before November 2012; as seen here on Google Maps: https://maps.google. com/?ll=52.192882,-2 .214829&spn=0.001458 ,0.004128&t=h&layer= c&cbll=52.192896,-2. 214914&panoid=oEgcHM zgZMXTYwV1w2JuzQ&cbp =12,212.36,,0,30.41& z=19 This problem has been getting progressively worse since the increase in traffic to the area, cause by the ASDA development..." WCC's Response: "No issues found today. This section is inspected on a monthly basis, any defects will be identified and placed for repair." Sadly, that's a typical response from Highways but anyone who knows where I am talking about will know how bad the hole is here; not to mention the damage it's causing to people's tyres/alloys... JohnNevison
  • Score: 7

4:07pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Andy_R says...

A complete and utter waste of time and money, none of these roads need resurfacing, and several of them were already 'surface dressed' only last year!

Why can't the council halt this half-assed scattering of gravel on perfectly good roads and use the money saved to repair roads that actually need doing? Landsdown Road has had permanent potholes for years, Brickfields road is lumpier than the surface of the moon, why not fix those rather than make perfectly good roads a dusty gravelly mess?
A complete and utter waste of time and money, none of these roads need resurfacing, and several of them were already 'surface dressed' only last year! Why can't the council halt this half-assed scattering of gravel on perfectly good roads and use the money saved to repair roads that actually need doing? Landsdown Road has had permanent potholes for years, Brickfields road is lumpier than the surface of the moon, why not fix those rather than make perfectly good roads a dusty gravelly mess? Andy_R
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

old misery says...

WCC pension fund is invested in Windscreen replacement companies just a thought!!
WCC pension fund is invested in Windscreen replacement companies just a thought!! old misery
  • Score: 3

12:20pm Wed 30 Apr 14

_stu_ says...

I cycle along several of these roads and they are completely fine. The worst stretch of road i know of is Worcester Road in Hanley Swan, which has huge potholes along the side of the road, plus a surface that is unrideable apart from a small strip along the centre of the road (which I can't use as it will annoy the car drivers). There is a single-track lane past a farm I use that is in better condition than this stretch of road!
I have even taken to going the long way home to avoid this piece of tarmac cos it is that bad.
I cycle along several of these roads and they are completely fine. The worst stretch of road i know of is Worcester Road in Hanley Swan, which has huge potholes along the side of the road, plus a surface that is unrideable apart from a small strip along the centre of the road (which I can't use as it will annoy the car drivers). There is a single-track lane past a farm I use that is in better condition than this stretch of road! I have even taken to going the long way home to avoid this piece of tarmac cos it is that bad. _stu_
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12:59pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

I have also used report a pothole site. What an ordeal you almost need to be a surveyor to answer the questions and still get no reply and no action. Plus we are assured that the two motorcyclists are still patroling our roads to report problems. Perhaps their Visors on their helmets are too dark for them to see potholes etc.
As to road chippings If the County Council were responsible for the damage to law abiding motorists vehicles who do slow down to 20mph in response to the Gritting Road signs, we just might have a different response.
But Coun John Smith (Cabinet member responsible for Highways) says it's good practise and cost efficient. And with his experience he should know eh?
I have also used report a pothole site. What an ordeal you almost need to be a surveyor to answer the questions and still get no reply and no action. Plus we are assured that the two motorcyclists are still patroling our roads to report problems. Perhaps their Visors on their helmets are too dark for them to see potholes etc. As to road chippings If the County Council were responsible for the damage to law abiding motorists vehicles who do slow down to 20mph in response to the Gritting Road signs, we just might have a different response. But Coun John Smith (Cabinet member responsible for Highways) says it's good practise and cost efficient. And with his experience he should know eh? Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Wed 30 Apr 14

uptonX says...

Andy_R wrote:
A complete and utter waste of time and money, none of these roads need resurfacing, and several of them were already 'surface dressed' only last year!

Why can't the council halt this half-assed scattering of gravel on perfectly good roads and use the money saved to repair roads that actually need doing? Landsdown Road has had permanent potholes for years, Brickfields road is lumpier than the surface of the moon, why not fix those rather than make perfectly good roads a dusty gravelly mess?
Exactly. It's incredible that Worcestershire Highways continue to do this when in most of the rest of the UK the competent highways departments have realised Surface Dressing is the wrong thing to do.
Yet another example of the dangerous and destructive way the idiots at Worcestershire Highways waste our money. They REALLY do need calling to account.
[quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: A complete and utter waste of time and money, none of these roads need resurfacing, and several of them were already 'surface dressed' only last year! Why can't the council halt this half-assed scattering of gravel on perfectly good roads and use the money saved to repair roads that actually need doing? Landsdown Road has had permanent potholes for years, Brickfields road is lumpier than the surface of the moon, why not fix those rather than make perfectly good roads a dusty gravelly mess?[/p][/quote]Exactly. It's incredible that Worcestershire Highways continue to do this when in most of the rest of the UK the competent highways departments have realised Surface Dressing is the wrong thing to do. Yet another example of the dangerous and destructive way the idiots at Worcestershire Highways waste our money. They REALLY do need calling to account. uptonX
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