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Question to Kent County Council [with answer], 17 May 2012: Bond Road and Osborne Road, Ashford

May 14, 2012 1:57 PM

Question by Mr G Koowaree to the Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste

Will the Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste inform this Council of the criteria for resurfacing deteriorated concrete roads, and provide me with copies of the analysis data reports for:

  1. Bond Road, Ashford &
  2. Osborne Road, Ashford

...as both these roads have the same degree of surface deterioration as far as the travelling public are concerned, yet only Bond Road is listed for resurfacing in June.

Answer

The highway network including concrete roads is inspected on a regular basis in line with national standards. Concrete roads are therefore treated in the same manner as the rest of the network. Data collected from inspections is used to produce a prioritised list of schemes for treatment within the available budget.

Certain sites within the list can be elevated to address community needs enabling a balanced programme of schemes that utilises good asset management principles and responds to local feedback.

Bond Road is a concrete road with an asphalt overlay and has a number of old utility trenches that are deteriorating. The road is in the 2012/13 surface treatment programme and will receive a micro asphalt treatment, which will seal and restore the surface texture of the road and protect it from deterioration. Although, this scheme achieved a low ranking using the inspection condition data, it was elevated to a higher priority as a result of community feedback and to satisfy identified local needs.

Osborne Road is also a concrete road with an asphalt overlay but given its condition data, it has been ranked as a lower priority and has not been prioritised for treatment. The community and local needs have also been assessed but it has not been promoted for elevation in the priority ranking. Osborne Road, although not aesthetically pleasing, is considered to be in a safe and satisfactory condition.

Officers will provide Mr Koowaree with the data he has requested.