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Loose clippings breaking up

Reported in the Roads and Highways category anonymously at 16:00, Thu 28 November 2019

Sent to Rutland County Council 5 minutes later

Most of Braunston road was surfaced dressed last summer. It is now all braking up!! Needs redoing.

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  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate this and respond to you within 10 working days. Updates will be posted on IMPORTANT: To report anything dangerous, please call us on: 01572 722577

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 16:06, Thu 28 November 2019

  • Thank you for your report. This has been investigated and already reported to the contractor who carried out the works. Due to the nature of surface dressing, this cannot be rectified until the Spring and warmer weather. Please be assured this defect has been identified and recorded and will be rectified from April 2020.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 14:41, Wed 4 December 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:41, Fri 27 December 2019

  • This section of road from the Co-Op to the outskirts of Oakham, on the way to Braunston has been, and continues to be, a disgrace. I have lived in Braunston for nearly 6 years and for my entire time in Rutland, this section of road has been in a state of repair, disrepair, road works or been breaking up. There have been at least three attempts to finally surface the road and within months, has broken up due to vehicles braking and the road surface appearing ‘temporary’.

    The most recent attempt at resurfacing the road is as bad. It has been finished by luring more loose tarmac onto the older surface, is covered in loose chippings and tarmac that sprays up onto cars, is breaking up (already) at the traffic calming measures (where cars are braking) and has messy white lines.

    What is it about wasting taxpayers money and the contractor’s sub-standards? Why can’t we ask the contractor to fix this toad, once and for all, at their own cost? It’s a flagrant waste of money and brings the Council’s reputation for high standards into disrepute.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Christian Gleave at 12:02, Wednesday 13 May 2020

  • Thank you for your report. Following an internal review of the defect, it has been deemed that no further action is required. Thank you for reporting this matter and this is now closed.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 13:15, Wednesday 13 May 2020

  • I’m sorry - I don’t understand why you have closed this update, without ‘ further action being required.’ Please explain.

    Posted by Christian Gleave at 14:06, Wednesday 13 May 2020

  • This section of carriageway was surface dressed in 2019 however the surface dressing failed and was rectified at the expense of the contractor in 2020. This type of treatment works by spreading loose chippings on the surface which are embedded by traffic and then excess loose chippings collected by a sweeper at regular intervals over the following weeks.

    Surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproofed road surfaces, helping to prevent future deterioration.

    We surface dress roads as it improves skid resistance, makes the road waterproof, extends the life of the carriageway surface by up to ten years and is comparatively low-cost at just a fifth of the price of resurfacing.

    Surface dressing work is undertaken between mid-March and the end of August because the process requires warm, dry weather to make sure the dressing becomes established.

    Loose chippings may initially cause a short term inconvenience to road users, as the speed limit is restricted to 20mph, but it's is important that traffic is allowed onto the new surface so chippings become fully embedded under the weight of vehicles.

    The new surface is left for 14 days to allow the chippings to embed, after which point any residual chippings can be swept up before road markings are repainted.

    It is important to keep to the temporary speed limits and avoid sharp turns, this will:

    Allow the surface to stabilise Prevent any damage to your vehicle

    Several inspections have been carried out and the standard of surface dressing is now satisfactory. Thank you for reporting this matter, this report is now closed.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 16:20, Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Thank you for your report. Following review, not further action is required on this enquiry. Thank you for reporting this matter and this report is now closed.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 16:25, Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Thanks for your comments @andy nix. I'm not sure I agree with your overly-positive report. The technique you describe to fix this road surface has now put so much tarmac and loose chippings on the road, there is hardly any pavement left. More to the point, the surface is already breaking up at the traffic-calming measures where cars are continuously braking in specific areas, to give way to oncoming traffic. The white lines are crooked and temporary and since they've been painted onto a loose surface, they're bound to break up.

    Why should we be defending this poor workmanship and sub-standard level of surface? The Council's role should be to monitor and if necessary, recover this sort of expenditure - not defend it. On all fronts, and as a local taxpayer, most disappointing.

    This problem is NOT fixed - I predict it will need to be resurfaced within a year of use.

    Posted by Christian Gleave at 07:33, Thursday 21 May 2020

  • Thank you for your comments. As a highways department we will continue to inspect the carriageway regularly for defects in line with policy. We have recorded your comments on our internal system and will continue to monitor.

    Posted anonymously at 09:22, Thursday 21 May 2020

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