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katar83
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State of local roads

Postby katar83 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:55 pm

Just wondering how are the roads around your area at the moment? I got super annoyed as just driven on newly surfaced A14 around Cambridge, they were making it wider with a lot of new bridges, etc for the past 4 years or so, and have to say the final surface, closest to Cambridge, feels like the roll was done by a square shaped roller! I'm not saying they are rough, just seem to be way more uneven than some of the older roads like M11, etc.
I don't know why is this happening and how they get accepted like that? Is it due to lower cost so spec is worse and allows for these imperfections? Any ideas?
Don't want to talk much about city roads, they get as bad as it gets here, some of the pothole patches are being patched every 3-4 months, some don't get patched at all, roads are badly cracked, kerbs often sank. I'd say 75% of all Cambridge roads are 75% used up completely. In 5 or 10 years they will all require complete rebuild or will be undrivable in a Jag. Basically roads here at the moment are as bad as they were in Poland around 1995, the quality of the road works seems very similar to that period too... :roll:
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Re: State of local roads

Postby abercanadian » Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:14 pm

There was a comment in our local paper this weekend ...referring to priorities of the local council.

title was

"Poetry and Ping-Pong or Potholes and Police"

nuff said!

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Chris Barney
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Re: State of local roads

Postby Chris Barney » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:48 am

Pretty good in Leicestershire, but I know South Derbyshire drivers have reported on lots of potholes.
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Re: State of local roads

Postby naki_k » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:04 am

Chris Barney wrote:Pretty good in Leicestershire, but I know South Derbyshire drivers have reported on lots of potholes.


I have seen councils have the “report a pot hole” function on there websites. I wonder how that system will cope if you report the entire county? :lol:
Our road here is pretty bad due to the volumes of huge tractors/ farm traffic on this area. Otherwise our road would be very quiet.
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Aidan
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Re: State of local roads

Postby Aidan » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:17 am

Don't get me started on roads! I agree with you Katar. In my semi-rural area of Kent, the "roads" are pretty shoddy whether in town or country. The A21 past Tunbridge Wells was rebuilt and widened a couple of years ago, and although it's a great improvement, the surface isn't as level or smooth as it could be. There is much to engineering a road and I'm no road-engineer, but as a car-friendly user, I detect a slipping of standards as regards infrastructure planning in the UK, as well as actual road construction engineering.

Potholes seem to be patched with a bucket of tarmac and a worker's boot - and only when the pothole gets really third world - and road edges are left exposed to crumble to nothing at the first sign of water/ice/heavy use. Strangely, newly re-built "big" roads such as the M20 or A21 are never as smooth as those in countries like The Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria etc. etc. It seems we choose to use a tarmac system which just isn't as smoothable as in other countries?

I'd be interested to hear from members in countries like The Netherlands where ZOAB is used (a porous asphalt system) - great to drive on, smooth, quiet, very level and also spray-free even in heavy downpours, although I believe it needs to be re-surfaced more frequently than "normal" tarmac as it wears out more quickly? Maybe the UK could investigate using that system? And that's just talking about our asphalt roads.

The concrete stretches of the M25 are really awful; very noisy and rough. Perhaps that's the nature of concrete but you'd hope not in the 21st century.
Rant over, but hopefully other members can lift the mood with reports of better roads elsewhere in our country?
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