Road resurfacing moves to Malvern

ROADWORKS: Surface dressing will begin on Malvern's roads this week

ROADWORKS: Surface dressing will begin on Malvern's roads this week

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A ROAD improvement programme worth £3.5 million is rolling into the Malvern Hills this week.

Worcestershire Highways is improving 200 roads across Worcestershire and is now moving into Malvern, Guarlford, Upton, Ryall, Callow End and Powick. Roads will be surface dressed over the next few weeks as part of the project – the latest in a line of improvements which has seen £50million invested since 2011.

Cllr John Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for highways said: "We know from residents and businesses that improving of our highways is a priority."

The process of surface dressing is dependent on the weather and, as such, the schedule of works can change if conditions dictate.

A calibrated tanker sprays a thin film of hot, sticky bitumen onto the road surface, a metered spreader then places hard stone chippings onto the hot bitumen and these chippings are then lightly rolled, pressing them into the bitumen.

The road can then be driven over with care (usually with a temporary speed limit in place for a short time). Any loose chippings on the surface are swept away within 24 hours and again after about a week. The road markings are then replaced.

For more information on this year's Surface Dressing Programme please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk and type in 'Surface Dressing' in the keyword search. The webpage includes answers to questions frequently asked and details on methods of repair employed by Worcestershire Highways teams.

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6:14pm Mon 12 May 14

uptonX says...

THIS IS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT.
Surface dressing is a nightmare that is now proven to give NO benefit to road users. For those on two wheels it makes the roads considerably more dangerous.
All surface dressing does is line the pockets of the councils chosen contractors.
Almost every council that promoted surface dressing has now abandoned it and instead introduced a policy of repairs the roads properly as needed. This has often been driven by accounting audits that look closely at the award of Surface Dressing contracts. Obviously this hasn't happened in Worcestershire yet.
THIS IS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT. Surface dressing is a nightmare that is now proven to give NO benefit to road users. For those on two wheels it makes the roads considerably more dangerous. All surface dressing does is line the pockets of the councils chosen contractors. Almost every council that promoted surface dressing has now abandoned it and instead introduced a policy of repairs the roads properly as needed. This has often been driven by accounting audits that look closely at the award of Surface Dressing contracts. Obviously this hasn't happened in Worcestershire yet. uptonX
  • Score: 4

8:26pm Mon 12 May 14

Redhillman says...

When will Worcestershire's highways department stop continually wasting tax-payer's money on surface dressing year after year after year and realise that this method of 'resurfacing' is wasteful and is proven to be unsuccessful?

Surface dressing does not prolong the life of a road, while it has been proven to fail after only a few months with chippings coming loose and the underlying tar becoming exposed, while these problems are prevalent of every road which the highways department surface dress. Surface dressing is also proven to be dangerous because the chippings increases the risks of skidding, especially for motorbikes, while the chippings that fly around everywhere not only damages cars, but they injure people walking on nearby pavements. And to further prove surface dressing does't work, they end up doing the same roads year after year!

We need roads properly resurfaced with new tarmac, not wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on something that doesn't work and which other councils have dispensed with years ago because they know it doesn't work and is a waste of money. The highways department's continuing use of surface dressing continues to highlight the fact that the so-called highway engineers are incompetent and have no idea what they're on about or what they are doing.

It is time their incompetence stopped and for heads to roll, while the private sector need to be brought in as they'll have a better idea on how to manage Worcestershire's roads.
When will Worcestershire's highways department stop continually wasting tax-payer's money on surface dressing year after year after year and realise that this method of 'resurfacing' is wasteful and is proven to be unsuccessful? Surface dressing does not prolong the life of a road, while it has been proven to fail after only a few months with chippings coming loose and the underlying tar becoming exposed, while these problems are prevalent of every road which the highways department surface dress. Surface dressing is also proven to be dangerous because the chippings increases the risks of skidding, especially for motorbikes, while the chippings that fly around everywhere not only damages cars, but they injure people walking on nearby pavements. And to further prove surface dressing does't work, they end up doing the same roads year after year! We need roads properly resurfaced with new tarmac, not wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on something that doesn't work and which other councils have dispensed with years ago because they know it doesn't work and is a waste of money. The highways department's continuing use of surface dressing continues to highlight the fact that the so-called highway engineers are incompetent and have no idea what they're on about or what they are doing. It is time their incompetence stopped and for heads to roll, while the private sector need to be brought in as they'll have a better idea on how to manage Worcestershire's roads. Redhillman
  • Score: 4

10:12pm Mon 12 May 14

Perfman says...

Cllr John Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for highways said: "We know from residents and businesses that improving of our highways is a priority."

The best solution is not dressing it would be a real repair and resurface job. But this would be costly and time consuming so dressing becomes the automatic 'cop out’ response to hold up the banner of "we have improved your roads" and go for cheap brownie points.

We should all log issues and damage against the council (if only the American class action existed here) and make them pay. I'm sure if enough road users pressured the council and made "no win no fee" claims the costs would soon outstrip the real repair price...
Cllr John Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for highways said: "We know from residents and businesses that improving of our highways is a priority." The best solution is not dressing it would be a real repair and resurface job. But this would be costly and time consuming so dressing becomes the automatic 'cop out’ response to hold up the banner of "we have improved your roads" and go for cheap brownie points. We should all log issues and damage against the council (if only the American class action existed here) and make them pay. I'm sure if enough road users pressured the council and made "no win no fee" claims the costs would soon outstrip the real repair price... Perfman
  • Score: 3

12:37am Tue 13 May 14

Hugh Wattmate says...

Build roads right first time, don't dig them up at same point weeks apart because the gas and electric companies cant communicate. Put water lines in more sensible places.

Example if there is a bank each side of the road dont put the **** pipes under the road just laying there so you have to dig it up, put them in tubing under the road that you can slide out from the banks and repair and just slide back under!

Hope the job gets done right and traffic is not to bad.
Build roads right first time, don't dig them up at same point weeks apart because the gas and electric companies cant communicate. Put water lines in more sensible places. Example if there is a bank each side of the road dont put the **** pipes under the road just laying there so you have to dig it up, put them in tubing under the road that you can slide out from the banks and repair and just slide back under! Hope the job gets done right and traffic is not to bad. Hugh Wattmate
  • Score: 0

9:37am Tue 13 May 14

onenoodles says...

To be fair ... the highway engineers are competent and know full well what constitutes a 'proper' repair but they don't call the shots on spend.
As people have said, this is a quick 'window dressing' exercise and goes on up and down the country.
It is lethal for motorcyclists and cyclists and to say they will be swept and then swept again later is a joke as heaven knows how many people have had near misses or actual incidents by then.
Its poor practice and a scandelous waste of money but hey ... it looks ok for a while and then forgotten about until next year!
The council should seek sponsorship from Windscreen replacement or Car Body Spray companies as this farce is a god send to them.
To be fair ... the highway engineers are competent and know full well what constitutes a 'proper' repair but they don't call the shots on spend. As people have said, this is a quick 'window dressing' exercise and goes on up and down the country. It is lethal for motorcyclists and cyclists and to say they will be swept and then swept again later is a joke as heaven knows how many people have had near misses or actual incidents by then. Its poor practice and a scandelous waste of money but hey ... it looks ok for a while and then forgotten about until next year! The council should seek sponsorship from Windscreen replacement or Car Body Spray companies as this farce is a god send to them. onenoodles
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Tue 13 May 14

DarrenM says...

Shouldn't the title be "Grit Spreaders Move to Malvern"?

Its only taxpayers money after all, lets pay £££ every year to spread grit all over the place, rather than resurface a road once and have it last 10 years. Then we can all retire on our gold plated pensions...
Shouldn't the title be "Grit Spreaders Move to Malvern"? Its only taxpayers money after all, lets pay £££ every year to spread grit all over the place, rather than resurface a road once and have it last 10 years. Then we can all retire on our gold plated pensions... DarrenM
  • Score: 2

8:35am Wed 14 May 14

saucerer says...

Redhillman wrote:
When will Worcestershire's highways department stop continually wasting tax-payer's money on surface dressing year after year after year and realise that this method of 'resurfacing' is wasteful and is proven to be unsuccessful?

Surface dressing does not prolong the life of a road, while it has been proven to fail after only a few months with chippings coming loose and the underlying tar becoming exposed, while these problems are prevalent of every road which the highways department surface dress. Surface dressing is also proven to be dangerous because the chippings increases the risks of skidding, especially for motorbikes, while the chippings that fly around everywhere not only damages cars, but they injure people walking on nearby pavements. And to further prove surface dressing does't work, they end up doing the same roads year after year!

We need roads properly resurfaced with new tarmac, not wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on something that doesn't work and which other councils have dispensed with years ago because they know it doesn't work and is a waste of money. The highways department's continuing use of surface dressing continues to highlight the fact that the so-called highway engineers are incompetent and have no idea what they're on about or what they are doing.

It is time their incompetence stopped and for heads to roll, while the private sector need to be brought in as they'll have a better idea on how to manage Worcestershire's roads.
Nicely summed up. The council's highways department are pretty pathetic and their insistence on using surface dressing, when other councils have either stopped or reduced its use, sums them up. Another example of Mr Comerford's incompetent delivery of highway services by the look of things.
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: When will Worcestershire's highways department stop continually wasting tax-payer's money on surface dressing year after year after year and realise that this method of 'resurfacing' is wasteful and is proven to be unsuccessful? Surface dressing does not prolong the life of a road, while it has been proven to fail after only a few months with chippings coming loose and the underlying tar becoming exposed, while these problems are prevalent of every road which the highways department surface dress. Surface dressing is also proven to be dangerous because the chippings increases the risks of skidding, especially for motorbikes, while the chippings that fly around everywhere not only damages cars, but they injure people walking on nearby pavements. And to further prove surface dressing does't work, they end up doing the same roads year after year! We need roads properly resurfaced with new tarmac, not wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on something that doesn't work and which other councils have dispensed with years ago because they know it doesn't work and is a waste of money. The highways department's continuing use of surface dressing continues to highlight the fact that the so-called highway engineers are incompetent and have no idea what they're on about or what they are doing. It is time their incompetence stopped and for heads to roll, while the private sector need to be brought in as they'll have a better idea on how to manage Worcestershire's roads.[/p][/quote]Nicely summed up. The council's highways department are pretty pathetic and their insistence on using surface dressing, when other councils have either stopped or reduced its use, sums them up. Another example of Mr Comerford's incompetent delivery of highway services by the look of things. saucerer
  • Score: 2

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