Why do Highways Depts believe that potholes can be repaired by dropping in
some tarmac and stamping it down?
It is time they were properly equiped with the machinery and materials to
do it properly and as soon as needed.
Very true. There's a 3 lane dual carriage way near here. Part of the
motorway box system in London that never got completed.
On the inside lane, just before some traffic lights, two potholes appeared
the width of a truck apart. I've lost count how often they've been filled
in and re-appeared. Current repair has lasted only a couple of weeks.
Luckily, if you know they are there, quite easy to avoid in a car, even
staying in the lane. Not so trucks. So it's common to see a truck waiting
to turn left blocking two lanes.
*If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Informed the council of a couple of potholes in the road near our drive. Mu
ch to my surprise someone came out the next week and painted a neat rectang
le around the them. I thought looks they are going to do a neat job cutting
back the ragged edges, nope the following day someone came gobbed a pile o
f tarmac roughly the shape of the rectangle leaving a raised hump that is a
lready starting to break up, why did I bother?
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:55:08 UTC, John wrote:
Because it's quick, cheap, and closes the job.
Agree that the quickfix tarmac isn't a lasting job, but it's probably cheaper doing that repeatedly until the whole road needs redoing, then redoing the road.
Obviously that's councils.
Other utilities seem to be able to mend holes in the road quickly and effectively, but they're financially penalised if they don't.
Hot boxing is the system they use here, but unfortunately when a utility
digs a hole they do as you suggest, when challenged they say because its
temporary and needs to settle, but then nobody ever comes to do it again and
we end up footing the bill for it later on by the council.
If they are not removing loose surface back to good then hot filling the
hole and sealing the edges and rolling it all then they should be.
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'cause it's quick, cheap and avoids claims for damaged tyres, buckled
wheels, bent suspension or some one getting seriously injured or
killed as the result of a vehicle losing control after hitting said
To cut back, seal, and fill with hot rolled tarmac needs dryish,
relatively warm weather. Doing such work in the pissing rain or
driving snow would be a waste of time and effort.
Sometimes the potholes appear because of underground water movements
after heavy rain. There a couple in the slow lane of the M4
heading west in Berkshire, and it looks like they just keep on
adding more tarmac because fixing the problem would involve
closing 2 lanes on the M4.
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