The £7m clean-up: Dorset County Council suspends highway projects to repair storm-hit roads

Bournemouth Echo: The £7m clean-up: Dorset County Council suspends highway projects to repair roads after storms The £7m clean-up: Dorset County Council suspends highway projects to repair roads after storms

COUNTY chiefs have suspended a string of highway projects in a bid to tackle Dorset’s “weather-battered” roads.

Council crews have been pulled off a number of construction schemes in order to start emergency repairs, to what is now an estimated £7million bill for damage caused by torrential rain and winds.

Dorset County Council has already spent £700,000 on weather-related highways problems since Christmas Eve.

County head of highways operations Andrew Martin said: “The current weather has made it very difficult to carry out some of our construction projects cost-effectively and, more importantly, safely. So we have decided to temporarily close down a number of schemes and divert resources to help the emergency response effort.”

Construction projects suspended over the next couple of weeks include:

  • Bus stop enhancements in Christchurch.
  • Crossing points at West Moors.
  • East Street improvements in Blandford.
  • Cycleway extension work, Black Lane, Blandford.
  • Pimperne School access road, Blandford.

The council will now lobby central government for its share of any emergency funds. Meanwhile, information signs will be displayed at construction sites where work has been suspended.

Mr Martin said: “More people will be available to tackle pothole repairs, clear out ditches and gullies, move fallen trees and ensure drainage systems are working properly.

“Even if the rain stops soon, we will still have a sizeable backlog of issues to sort out, so it makes sense to suspend or delay these construction schemes for a couple of weeks.”

Cllr Hilary Cox, the council’s environment cabinet member said highways teams were prioritising making it safe for residents to travel.

On the suspended projects, the Cllr said: “We will worry about fully restoring them after the crisis has passed, when we will be applying to the government for any support available.”

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3:05pm Mon 17 Feb 14

John T says...

Daffy Dave says: 'Money no object'.
Daffy Dave says: 'Money no object'. John T
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Mon 17 Feb 14

smhinto says...

The Council repairing pot-holes etc !!! I doubt it.
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One would have more chance of seeing the Pope dancing naked in the middle of Bournemnouth Gardens.!!
The Council repairing pot-holes etc !!! I doubt it. . One would have more chance of seeing the Pope dancing naked in the middle of Bournemnouth Gardens.!! smhinto
  • Score: 1

3:27pm Mon 17 Feb 14

uberbloke says...

I use www.fillthathole.org
.uk/

The last pot hole I reported was on the bridge by The Woolpack (between Christchurch and Ringwood) and that was filled in within 2 days...
I use www.fillthathole.org .uk/ The last pot hole I reported was on the bridge by The Woolpack (between Christchurch and Ringwood) and that was filled in within 2 days... uberbloke
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Mon 17 Feb 14

localborn7 says...

It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!!
Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??
It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!! Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money?? localborn7
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

localborn7 says... Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??

Yes we can mash them up, mix the pulp with some resin and gravel and fill the hole up.

One fixed hole and one off the dole. Good idea.
localborn7 says... Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money?? Yes we can mash them up, mix the pulp with some resin and gravel and fill the hole up. One fixed hole and one off the dole. Good idea. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 8

4:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

twynham says...

Couldn't add Stony Lane Burton Bridge traffic lights to that list could you?
Couldn't add Stony Lane Burton Bridge traffic lights to that list could you? twynham
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

John T says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
localborn7 says... Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??

Yes we can mash them up, mix the pulp with some resin and gravel and fill the hole up.

One fixed hole and one off the dole. Good idea.
Maybe njckynoodah could get George to fill the black holes, or, better still, George could get nickynoodah to fill the black hole.
Off the dole and in the hole...that should give nickynoodah something to work on!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: localborn7 says... Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money?? Yes we can mash them up, mix the pulp with some resin and gravel and fill the hole up. One fixed hole and one off the dole. Good idea.[/p][/quote]Maybe njckynoodah could get George to fill the black holes, or, better still, George could get nickynoodah to fill the black hole. Off the dole and in the hole...that should give nickynoodah something to work on! John T
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

youarekiddingmeright says...

twynham wrote:
Couldn't add Stony Lane Burton Bridge traffic lights to that list could you?
that would be the best way to put a stop to this stupid scheme, and perhaps spend the money on repairing the road surface on Stoney lane roundabout something that really need doing!!
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Couldn't add Stony Lane Burton Bridge traffic lights to that list could you?[/p][/quote]that would be the best way to put a stop to this stupid scheme, and perhaps spend the money on repairing the road surface on Stoney lane roundabout something that really need doing!! youarekiddingmeright
  • Score: 8

7:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

localborn7 wrote:
It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!!
Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??
700k .Hold on a minute where do they get such figures.you could probably lay a runway for that,as long as you separated the prawn sandwiches and pretentious coffees served at the planning meetings from the Labour and tarmac.If we can tolerate hole dodging for a couple of months our Summer visitors will arrive to check out the facilities that have been put in place for a comfortable rent free stay,I understand they do a reasonable tarmac job in exchange for for tidying up when they move on
[quote][p][bold]localborn7[/bold] wrote: It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!! Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??[/p][/quote]700k .Hold on a minute where do they get such figures.you could probably lay a runway for that,as long as you separated the prawn sandwiches and pretentious coffees served at the planning meetings from the Labour and tarmac.If we can tolerate hole dodging for a couple of months our Summer visitors will arrive to check out the facilities that have been put in place for a comfortable rent free stay,I understand they do a reasonable tarmac job in exchange for for tidying up when they move on kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

9:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

P Barker says...

If the council actually repaired the pothole properly , most could be solved easily. I've seen numerous in the last week where new holes have appear right next to "bodged" repairs. The service road off Castle Lane West just past the Cooper Dean is a great example of rubbish repairs. One side of the road was done, so hole appear on the other side !
If the council actually repaired the pothole properly , most could be solved easily. I've seen numerous in the last week where new holes have appear right next to "bodged" repairs. The service road off Castle Lane West just past the Cooper Dean is a great example of rubbish repairs. One side of the road was done, so hole appear on the other side ! P Barker
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Mon 17 Feb 14

SUZIE001 says...

Please put Stony Lane Burton on this list of suspensions, this road has been flooded for weeks now and will be in a horrendous state of repair when the water does recede. Stony Lane roundabout is in dire need of repair immediately
Please put Stony Lane Burton on this list of suspensions, this road has been flooded for weeks now and will be in a horrendous state of repair when the water does recede. Stony Lane roundabout is in dire need of repair immediately SUZIE001
  • Score: 2

12:11am Tue 18 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

uberbloke wrote:
I use www.fillthathole.org

.uk/

The last pot hole I reported was on the bridge by The Woolpack (between Christchurch and Ringwood) and that was filled in within 2 days...
Really, could this be the answer to the West Howe regeneration plan, just report a very large pothole !
[quote][p][bold]uberbloke[/bold] wrote: I use www.fillthathole.org .uk/ The last pot hole I reported was on the bridge by The Woolpack (between Christchurch and Ringwood) and that was filled in within 2 days...[/p][/quote]Really, could this be the answer to the West Howe regeneration plan, just report a very large pothole ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

6:33am Tue 18 Feb 14

tbpoole says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
localborn7 wrote:
It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!!
Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??
700k .Hold on a minute where do they get such figures.you could probably lay a runway for that,as long as you separated the prawn sandwiches and pretentious coffees served at the planning meetings from the Labour and tarmac.If we can tolerate hole dodging for a couple of months our Summer visitors will arrive to check out the facilities that have been put in place for a comfortable rent free stay,I understand they do a reasonable tarmac job in exchange for for tidying up when they move on
Two readers brainwashed by the Daily Mail showing their intelligence (or lack of it)
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localborn7[/bold] wrote: It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!! Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??[/p][/quote]700k .Hold on a minute where do they get such figures.you could probably lay a runway for that,as long as you separated the prawn sandwiches and pretentious coffees served at the planning meetings from the Labour and tarmac.If we can tolerate hole dodging for a couple of months our Summer visitors will arrive to check out the facilities that have been put in place for a comfortable rent free stay,I understand they do a reasonable tarmac job in exchange for for tidying up when they move on[/p][/quote]Two readers brainwashed by the Daily Mail showing their intelligence (or lack of it) tbpoole
  • Score: -1

3:53pm Tue 18 Feb 14

localborn7 says...

tbpoole wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
localborn7 wrote:
It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!!
Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??
700k .Hold on a minute where do they get such figures.you could probably lay a runway for that,as long as you separated the prawn sandwiches and pretentious coffees served at the planning meetings from the Labour and tarmac.If we can tolerate hole dodging for a couple of months our Summer visitors will arrive to check out the facilities that have been put in place for a comfortable rent free stay,I understand they do a reasonable tarmac job in exchange for for tidying up when they move on
Two readers brainwashed by the Daily Mail showing their intelligence (or lack of it)
Reference your comment about being brainwashed......... did you not feel like making a sensible reply tbpoole......... or does your brain not produce more than one sentence? It must be that you are happy with the continued road works and bridge "****-ups" regularly happening in Poole/Hamworthy area affecting local people travelling to work.
You do not know either of the said comment providers yet your superior intelligence provides such a childish contribution.
[quote][p][bold]tbpoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localborn7[/bold] wrote: It is amazing how this work in two months comes to £700,000!!! All Council and government work seems to cost ten times more than normal "day to day" estimates for maintenance repairs or come to that building. If it were easier for private firms to offer services for maintenance repairs then I am sure costs would be saved. Also it would mean the public not having to grit their teeth when seeing work carried out (badly) with about six blokes on the job and only one working while the others lean on their shovels!!! Why not arrange community schemes where the unemployed can earn their dole money??[/p][/quote]700k .Hold on a minute where do they get such figures.you could probably lay a runway for that,as long as you separated the prawn sandwiches and pretentious coffees served at the planning meetings from the Labour and tarmac.If we can tolerate hole dodging for a couple of months our Summer visitors will arrive to check out the facilities that have been put in place for a comfortable rent free stay,I understand they do a reasonable tarmac job in exchange for for tidying up when they move on[/p][/quote]Two readers brainwashed by the Daily Mail showing their intelligence (or lack of it)[/p][/quote]Reference your comment about being brainwashed......... did you not feel like making a sensible reply tbpoole......... or does your brain not produce more than one sentence? It must be that you are happy with the continued road works and bridge "****-ups" regularly happening in Poole/Hamworthy area affecting local people travelling to work. You do not know either of the said comment providers yet your superior intelligence provides such a childish contribution. localborn7
  • Score: 0

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