£36m cost to repair Hampshire's flood-damaged roads after winter storms

Bournemouth Echo: £36m repair bill to fix Hampshire's roads after winter storms £36m repair bill to fix Hampshire's roads after winter storms

REPAIRING Hampshire’s flood-damaged roads after the wettest winter on record could cost up to £36 million.

The huge repair bill was revealed as the Government said it was making available £140m to repair roads – but that pot is to be dished out to whole country.

It comes weeks after county bosses passed a budget that aims to cut £3.4m from road maintenance as part of an overall drive to save £92million.

Initially, it was thought that the repair bill would be several million, but the true bill has rocketed as the true extent of the damage became clear.

The county’s roads are ravaged by hundreds of potholes as well as widespread scarring to the road surface after a constant barrage of storms.

Engineers are faced with widespread drainage work and once river levels have subsided they are preparing to deploy underwater divers to assess damage to bridge structures.

But Environment Councillor Seán Woodward said it was unclear how much of the Government cash the county council would receive, and warned the full extent of the damage will only become clear once ground levels receded.

He said: "Our estimate is that, to fix the extensive winter damage on Hampshire’s roads would cost between £25m and £36m.

“We are committed to keeping Hampshire moving, and will, as soon as we can, assess the damage to the road network, prioritise what needs to be done first, and programme in the works.

“We have 5,280 miles of road in Hampshire to take care of – many of which have suffered prolonged flooding while all of Hampshire has experienced extremely heavy rainfall over many weeks.

“Excessive water seeping into the road surface, followed by freezing overnight temperatures, causes it to break up from underneath, causing damage, and creating defects and potholes which are costly to repair.”

He added:“During the flooding, we’ve been working around the clock to keep the roads open, clearing water and fallen trees, and, in some instances, building temporary roads above flooding to keep major routes open where it is possible to do this. We are now looking at plans for resurfacing the worst affected roads and pavements, drainage works and edge repairs.”

A Department of Transport spokesman said it was now inviting local authorities to bid for the money.

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9:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Environment Councillor Seán Woodward said, “We have 5,280 miles of road in Hampshire to take care of – many of which have suffered prolonged flooding.
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He forgot to add, "As well as years of prolonged neglect by every council".
Environment Councillor Seán Woodward said, “We have 5,280 miles of road in Hampshire to take care of – many of which have suffered prolonged flooding. . He forgot to add, "As well as years of prolonged neglect by every council". Hessenford
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9:43am Wed 12 Mar 14

Franks Tank says...

Maybe a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs.
It could be called "Road Tax".
Maybe a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs. It could be called "Road Tax". Franks Tank
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9:46am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Franks Tank wrote:
Maybe a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs.
It could be called "Road Tax".
Good idea, and once its up and running we could change the title to V.E D so that we don't have to spend it on the roads anymore.
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: Maybe a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs. It could be called "Road Tax".[/p][/quote]Good idea, and once its up and running we could change the title to V.E D so that we don't have to spend it on the roads anymore. Hessenford
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10:40am Wed 12 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Hessenford wrote:
Franks Tank wrote:
Maybe a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs.
It could be called "Road Tax".
Good idea, and once its up and running we could change the title to V.E D so that we don't have to spend it on the roads anymore.
Oh there will be no need for that because they'll keep the V.E.D as well!

What a total load of codswallop, the state of the roads has very little to do with the weather and more to do with the years of neglect and botched repairs, how many of these potholes were on the repair list last year, and the year before that and before that?

As for the excuse of frozen water lifting the surface? What frosts, iv'e scrapped my windscreen once this winter, and if you maintained the roads then there wouldn't be any cracks to let the water in.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: Maybe a new fee could be levied on road users to pay for the repairs. It could be called "Road Tax".[/p][/quote]Good idea, and once its up and running we could change the title to V.E D so that we don't have to spend it on the roads anymore.[/p][/quote]Oh there will be no need for that because they'll keep the V.E.D as well! What a total load of codswallop, the state of the roads has very little to do with the weather and more to do with the years of neglect and botched repairs, how many of these potholes were on the repair list last year, and the year before that and before that? As for the excuse of frozen water lifting the surface? What frosts, iv'e scrapped my windscreen once this winter, and if you maintained the roads then there wouldn't be any cracks to let the water in. BarrHumbug
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