23 July 2010

Work is continuing across the county on Northamptonshire County Council’s new programme of highways maintenance – which aims at improving the county’s road network, making it more resilient to extreme weather conditions and to normal wear and tear deterioration.

The authority, along with its service provider MGWSP, has been carrying out more permanent repairs than before, investing in preventative maintenance to slow further deterioration and concentrating on localised road patching.

Increased usage, coupled with the worst winter weather in 30 years had resulted in widespread damage to road surfaces in Northamptonshire, similar to the rest of the country, with thousands of defects being reported to the county council each month.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for transport, minerals and waste, said: “We all know that the severe weather had left some of our roads in a terrible state so we have been working hard to address this problem and also make sure that our roads are more resilient for the future.

“The county council’s recent You Choose campaign revealed that the condition of our roads was people’s top priority, so it’s essential that we make sure this work is carried out.

“We use a number of different methods to achieve our aims and I’m sure people are starting to notice a big difference as they drive around the county.”

The improved integrity of the highway will make it more resistant to wear and tear and the effects of severe winter conditions. In the long-term this will prove to be far more effective and offer better value for money for the taxpayer as on average five times more improvement can be realised by preventative treatment as opposed to reactive maintenance of defects.

The overriding commitment from the council and its service provider is to continue to attend and repair all emergency defects in the county and ensure that the roads and pavements are safe at all times.

Work taking place in the county between July 26 and August 9.

Footway works (weather dependent):
Slurry sealing is a thin layer of a bitumen material (tar) with stone added, which dries within a few hours after completion to provide a new top surface on pavements.

  • Kettering - Ise Lodge
  • Irthlingborough - Allen Road area
  • Stanion village
  • Daventry - The Inlands estate

Carriageway patching:
This is where small areas of the carriageway are patched with semi-permanent repairs to address localised damage to the highway.

  • Earls Barton - Compton Way
  • Roade - A508 Stratford Road (must tie in with surface dressing, so weather dependent)
  • Yelvertoft - High Street
  • Ringstead - Church Street
  • Woodford - Mill Road
  • Pattishall - Church Street
  • Litchborough Banbury Road
  • Earls Barton - Mears Ashby Road
  • Castle Ashby - Denton Road
  • Northampton - Link Road
  • Northampton - High Street / Knights Lane / Kingswell Road (Kingsthorpe)
  • Northampton - Bective Road
  • Great Addington - Addington Road / Irthlingborough Road
  • Corby - Cecil Drive / Burghley Avenue
  • Kettering - Lower Street
  • Kettering - Northfield Avenue
  • Kettering - Sheep Street
  • Kettering - Church Walk
  • Kettering - Henson Walk
  • Rothwell - Bridge Street / Market Street
  • Moulton - Boughton Road
  • Moulton - Chater Street / Church Street

Surface dressing (weather dependent):
This is to prolong the life of roads that are starting to show the first signs of minor deterioration. The process is a cost effective method which seals the road surface and improves the skidding resistance of a road which is structurally sound. Tar is laid and one or two layers of chippings are rolled into the surface. Rolling and traffic movement embeds the chippings. Excess chippings are swept away within two weeks but all road users are urged to slow down and drive very carefully, whilst the chips bed in.

  • A509 - Isham to Harrowden
  • A510 - from A509 to Stewarts Road
  • B645 - Higham Ferrers to County Boundary
  • A4500 - Ecton Wellingborough Road
  • A4500 - Ecton Northampton Road
  • A43 - Lumbertubs Way Southbound from Round Spinney to St Gregory’s roundabout
  • A43 - Lumbertubs Way Northbound from Nene Valley Way to St Gregory’s roundabout
  • A5076 - Talavera Way from Round Spinney roundabout to Moulton Park

Area-based – invest to save (weather dependent):
Area-based projects target large areas of residential roads to carry out preventative maintenance that will slow further deterioration. These area based projects will improve the condition, look and feel of these areas and will focus on a comprehensive improvement of the area.

  • Wellingborough - Redhill Grange
  • Wellingborough - Gleneagles Drive
  • Northampton - Moulton Leys Area
  • Northampton - Parklands Area