Island Roads have deployed extra resources to help repair potholes and other road defects across the Island during what is traditionally the worst time of the year for potholes – but Islanders are still complaining about the state of the roads.
Seven gangs are currently working to repair potholes and other defects that have been identified by Island Roads’ own inspections and by the public, according to the PFI contractors.
Island Roads say that over the weekend alone the teams treated nearly 100 locations, many of which had multiple defects that were repaired. Despite this, large pot holes and other defects are still present across the Isle of Wight including this dangerous section of road on Melville Street, Ryde (pictured above) which motorists are having to swerve to avoid.
This time of year is traditionally ‘pothole season’ as the freeze-thaw action of water penetrating the road surface, and then expanding as it turns to ice, breaks up the top layer of the highway. The problem is keenly felt on the Island as its road network is historically of a poor standard due to years of under investment.
While this extra pot-hole repair work is a short-term solution, under the Highways PFI, virtually the entire highways network will be upgraded over the first seven years of the project (which began in April 2013) and will be maintained at that higher standard for the life of the contract.
Dave Wallis, Island Roads operations manager, said:
“As an Island company we are very much aware that the roads across the Island are prone to potholes particularly at this time of year and we are making the extra resources available to address the issues as quickly as possible.
“At the same time we are also finalising the programme of resurfacing work for 2015 that will begin in March. This will be the most intensive programme of highway resurfacing work ever undertaken on the Island and will play a major part in the longer-term goal of bringing the network up to a high standard.”
Photograph of small pothole by Richard @Isle_of_Wight / Twitter