New Roads Under-way
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Kent
Kent’s Roads...Repairs Get Under-Way
Kent
 
Kent County Council are at long last putting into operation a massive project to repair some of the worst pothole-plagued roads in Kent, as the County is handed £8.6million by the Government. This is part of the money of a massive amount of £200 million handed out to Councils across the country by Chancellor George Osborne since the recent budget, in repairing the disgraceful and dangerous roads across Britain!
The day in, day out rainfall across the county throughout December, January and February resulted in widespread flooding and left the county’s roads in a sorry, dangerous state of urgent repair, by the colossal amount rainwater that fell, as well as damage caused by fallen trees damaging roads severely. Some of the worst hit areas were Yalding, Tonbridge, Maidstone and villages near Canterbury, in which thousands of homes are still going through a drying out process then costly repairs, that will take months to finally resolve.
Over 40 highways crews have been out on the roads of Kent filling the potholes, sometimes at the rate of more than 1,000 a week. It is estimated that each pothole cost the council in excess of £100 per pothole. Council officials aim to send the crews out to repair problems within 28 days of them being found and reported, although they do say that dangerous faults hoped to be fixed within two hours!After many months of complaints and severe criticism by residents who drive cars, ride motorcycles and bicycles in the towns of Kent, and debates by council officials, it seems at long last that these major problems will be resolved, as many holes in the roads have damaged cars and have caused major costs in repair work through their insurance companies.
With the huge volume of traffic increasing every year, including heavy goods vehicles, which weigh many tons, all cause severe damage to the surface of roads, mainly due to the vehicles breaking the roads tarmac edging away, leaving huge patches and pot-holes – some centimetres deep - which are a serious threat to all road users.
Residents across the county have explained the very dangerous situations that they have faced when riding either their bikes or motorcycles along some of these roads, some have had to take immediate evasive action when a deep pot-hole or the kerbside edging has suddenly come into view, they try to negotiate their way around it by swerving to avoid being thrown off, this in itself is dangerous enough, but cars following close behind them have also had to take drastic action, to avoid a possible fatal accident by hitting the unsuspecting rider in front.They expressed their views by saying said that “they can't wait until these roads have been repaired, then they can then ride safely, without the fear of deep pot-holes throwing them off and causing serious injury”. For them it was good news that was welcomed...”At long last”
Work has now begun to resurface and improve some of the roads which are in need of urgent repair first. These projects will cause traffic delays and disruption in the areas concerned, but diversion signs will be in place to avoid them, For those of us all who use the roads in Kent, all agree, that it will certainly be less dangerous once the road repairs have been completed.