16:50 Thursday 21 February 2013

'Ploughed field' pothole troubles

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

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COMPLAINTS made about the surface of a busy junction described by councillors as a ploughed field has led to a ‘three-pronged attack’ plan.

Currently, motorists travelling up Coronation Street, Swadlincote, to Darklands Road, are forced to slowly navigate their vehicles through a large group to potholes which have slowly eaten away at the road surface.

Councillor Paul Dunn, who represents Midway on South Derbyshire District Council, initially raised the problem at Swadlincote Area Forum, describing the junction as more of a ‘ploughed field’

He added: “Coronation Street. It is not worthy of its name. There are hundreds of cars that use that road.”

Derbyshire County Council said the junction has now been inspected and the authority will be repairing the road in three sections.

A spokesman for the county council said: “We had an inspector out there on Wednesday as we have had people contact us about this.

“We are aware of the repairs that need doing but as you can appreciate we are exceptionally busy with this type of work and we are working really hard to try and get through these as soon as we possibly can.

“We have a backlog of about two weeks work. So in about two to three weeks we shall be putting down temporary repairs.

“Our long term plans are to carry out patch work in six to eight weeks which are more permanent and this will involve the closing of some side roads.

“In August we will be carrying out resurfacing and restructuring work from the Coronation Street junction down Darklands Road to its junction with Darklands Lane.

“This will be a three-pronged attack.”

‘Potholes Review’, ordered by the county council, revealed the current target was to attend all potholes within 32 hours of them being recorded, regardless of what type of road they were on.

However, the repair often ‘didn’t last long’ so a new risk based approach is being used which involves assessing the likelihood the pothole will cause an accident and the severity of any accident.

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