Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’ve been prioritising emergency and safety related highway works over recent weeks to ensure both the safety of our staff and of Hampshire residents, and also to ensure the limited materials we had were directed to where they were most needed during a time when the supply was significantly disrupted.
“The position has improved again as the supply chain gets back to work, and now we have confidence that effective social distancing can be achieved, we aim to use this quiet time on the roads to carry out more routine maintenance and repairs, ready for when businesses and schools open up again.”
All highways maintenance work on Hampshire’s roads is carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operation Procedures, which is based on Public Health England guidance.
Councillor Humby continued: “We experienced a very wet and stormy winter earlier this year, which caused additional deterioration to the road surfaces and damage to drainage systems so there’s a significant job to be done to repair this. We estimate the damage will cost in the region of £10million to restore the roads just to the state they were in before the winter.
“Throughout February and early March we brought in five extra patching machines to work alongside our two permanent dragon patchers, and extra repair crews have been working across the county on a ‘find and fix’ basis to quickly repair as many defects as possible. Like everyone else, we have had to scale back operations to reflect the situation. However, our commitment to safe working remains, and I want to reassure Hampshire’s residents and business that we will do all we can to ensure the roads are ready for their return.”