LETTERS From Paul Herbert, Island Roads service director, Newport:
ANYONE using our roads will be aware the recent prolonged wet weather and the occasional periods of freezing temperatures have caused significant deterioration to the network.
Of course, the Island is not alone in experiencing these conditions or an increased number of potholes but, given the historically poor state of the Island’s network, our roads are particularly prone to deterioration.
The question now, rightly, being asked by
residents is: "What is Island Roads doing in response?"
The answer is twofold — firstly, we are
taking steps to address the immediate issue and secondly, we are working to provide a longer-term solution.
As an immediate response, we have brought in additional resources and specialist equipment to enable us to prioritise and target the worst of these defects.
These resources include additional repair crews, a state-of-the-art patching machine and a mobile road-mending vehicle that will use hot material so we only have to do the repairs once.
In the past two weeks alone, with our additional resources, we’ve repaired more than 3,000 defects across the Island. That compares with the 1,500 defects we would normally repair in an average month.
In the longer term, under the 25-year Highways PFI, Island Roads is upgrading virtually all the Island’s highways over the next seven years and will continue to maintain this greatly improved network over the life of the project.
Clearly the project, which also includes many schemes to improve drainage and reduce surface flooding, will leave the resurfaced, rebuilt or re-engineered roads more resistant to potholes in the future.
The scale and nature of all of this improvement work will mean some disruption will be inevitable, though we will keep residents informed of forthcoming work and try to ensure inconvenience is kept to a minimum.
But it should also mean an end to the current situation where the network is far too susceptible to potholing and decay.
Please bear with us while we complete these repairs and surfacing work and as the poor weather continues, please drive safely and help us by reporting defects or other problems relating to the highway network via our website: www.islandroads.com