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Return of the roadmen

Road works on Grantham Road in Sleaford, a day after resurfacing work was carried out. Photo: 0433SB-4

Road works on Grantham Road in Sleaford, a day after resurfacing work was carried out. Photo: 0433SB-4

HIGHWAYS officials have been true to their word after criticism of resurfacing work along a major road in Sleaford

Last week the authority came under fire for leaving a stretch of Grantham Road potentially dangerous for cyclists and motorcyclists with large amounts of loose stone chippings heaped up likely to damage cars as well.

Although warning notices were put up in advance, some residents left their cars in the way and roadmen simply went around them, leaving several patches untreated.

Steve Dunham of Sleaford then commented on Facebook that within a day of the road being re-surfaced, a utilities company had been allowed to dig up the road again to plumb in a new house to the mains network. He commented: “It follows the first law of new road surfaces. This surface must be dug up within the first seven days due to lack of forward planning. Come on developer, you saw the road markings being done, a quick call to the council to ask when my road works will need to be done 
by.”

A county highways spokesman responded: “Our general road maintenance activity is planned up to a year in advance, and utility companies do work around this where possible. They are all required to reinstate the road to its previous condition after they complete their work. On this occasion, as we’ll be in the area anyway, we’ll be doing this work when we finish the missing bits.”

Last Monday the authority sent out a roadsweeper to clear up the loose stones and then returned on Thursday to fill in the patches missed including the sewer works, honouring their promise to finish the job.

 

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