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Pothole work planned for Blackburn
2:00pm Sunday 10th March 2013 in Blackburn
TWELVE sections of road in Blackburn with Darwen are to be treated with a revolutionary new surface this summer in a bid to cure the borough’s pothole problem.
Following a flood of complaints about cracked and pitted highways, the borough council has secured £334,000 from the government for ‘innovative’ solutions to the motorists’ plague.
The extra cash will be used to repair the surfaces with ‘micro-asphalt’ - a new compound trialled in Salford last year - which is cheaper, quicker and better resists severe cold weather.
Borough regeneration director Brian Bailey said the new cash and surface treatment would allow engineers not just to tackle those roads badly hit by potholes and fissures after recent freezing winters but apply early repairs to highways where deterioration was beginning but not yet critical.
He said: “With the aid of the extra £330,000 from the Department of Transport, we will be able to use this revolutionary new technique not just to make emergency repairs but patch longer sections.
“For the first time in decades, it will allow us to tackle sections of road that are not on red alert but those suffering degradation before they reach crisis point.
“This provides value for money and reduces the real problems potholes cause for motorists and cyclists in the future.”
Roads in the progamme for 2013/2014 are: Linden Lea, Blackburn; Union Street, Darwen; Church Bank Street, Darwen; East Park Avenue, Blackburn; Birchall Avenue, Darwen; Hazel Avenue, Darwen; Conway Avenue, Blackburn; Rhyl Avenue, Blackburn; Snowdon Avenue, Blackburn; Harcourt Road, Blackburn; St John’s Avenue, Darwen; and Pole Lane, Darwen.
Blackburn with Darwen council executive member for highways Dave Harling said: “The state of the roads is one of the most important issues for residents and after a couple of bad winters, we know that many have deteriorated even further.
“With our limited budgets, we need to ensure that we use innovative new ways to tackle the worst areas in the most effective way.
“Instead of just the essential filling-in of potholes we need to ensure that we make longer lasting repairs so that our resources go further. ”