Lincolnshire County Council this week started a three month schedule of innovative work set to repair approximately 19km of unclassified roads across the county and save the authority approximately £1million on traditional methods.
The authority has developed an’ in-situ road recycling’ process for unclassified roads which not only quickly repairs damage such as pot holes and crumbling on large stretches of road, it also recycles excess material from highways projects on major roads in the county.
The work will be undertaken on 29 sections of unclassified, pot hole damaged road across the county with work taking between one and four days at each site. There will be road closures in place at each site, but access will be maintained.
The process enables potholes to be repaired and as well as giving a new structure to unclassified roads with minimal disruption in a small time scale. The work is predicted to last at least 10 years, removing the need to constantly repair pot holes caused by extreme weather conditions.
Area Highways Manager, Mark Heaton, who is the county lead on this work, said: “The speed of which we can carry out this work reduces disruption to motorists but has a big impact on the local road network and economy. We effectively crush the top section of the road, mix it with material taken from major road works elsewhere in the county, a binding material and chippings and then re-shape the road, eliminating pot holes and creating a better road structure. We can then surface this new section of road. This process has proved very effective in the areas where we have already used it.”
Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor Richard Davies, added: “In recent years we have seen increasing budget pressures across the council, including in the highways budget, while at the same time extreme weather conditions have caused an increase in road damage such as potholes. This process shows how innovative thinking can save both time and money and reduce disruption to motorists while being extremely effective in repairing roads.”
So far, since being introduced in 2013, using this process has saved the authority approximately £3m compared to traditional methods and seen approximately 60km of roads repaired. Lincolnshire County Council is the only local authority in the country to repair roads in this way, and as such is being used as part of national studies.
Between now and the start of August works taking place will include sections of
- Heath Lane, Carlton Scroop
- Reedings Close, Barrowby
- The Drift, Denton
- Lower Bitchfield, Bitchfield
- Scotland Lane, Ingoldsby
- Pointon Fen North, Pointon
- Dunsby Fen, Dunsby