Simple Pothole Repair
As each winter passes UK roads tend to look increasingly like the country has been at war for a number years. Usually from mid-winter through to spring the pothole menace plagues our highways and creates a catalog of destruction in its wake.
The menace is so great there doesn't seem to be a week that goes by where a death or serious injury isn't attributed to a pothole of some kind.
The question I am asked most is 'where did this pothole menace come from' and why does it seem to be getting worse? After all our winters don't seem any harsher than in previous years.
It's an unfortunate fact but years of neglect and under investment in our roads and infrastructure have lead us to this point. This coupled with a reactive 'just enough' attitude to highways maintenance means that only potholes that are seen to pose a significant risk are dealt with.
This year’s ALARM Survey ( 'Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance' commissioned by Asphalt Industry Alliance AIA) estimates the cost to bring all our roads up to standard will be in the region of 12 billion pounds. A staggering amount at any time but especially significant in these times of austerity. The 'just enough' attitude has meant that regular planned maintenance tasks have been suspended and budgets either redirected or removed completely.
It is an accepted fact amongst asphalt industry experts that regular, planned maintenance of asphalt surfaces significantly prolongs the life of the surface and can be done at a fraction of the cost when compared to reactive maintenance programs. Also an added benefit within a planned program is the exposure to risk from health and safety issues are kept to a minimum as surface defects are never allowed to develop beyond their initial stages, therefore a pothole never forms.
Local authorities and all those responsible for long term roads and highways maintenance need to ensure that whilst they have a duty to return all our roads to acceptance standards, they also need to look to the future, we must not allow our roads to fall into such a state of disrepair again. Otherwise I fear the that 12 billion pounds spent today will be a drop in the ocean when compared to what we will see in a few years times if we continue down the road we are currently on.
Planned maintenance is the only way forward, both to protect budgets in the long term and ensure that our roads are kept to high standards that we rightly should expect.
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