Hampshire Highways prepare the roads for winter weather

A new £2 million pre-winter programme of highways work is about to begin to help protect roads from damage by snow and ice over the coming winter. This work involves surfacing sections of roads, rather than repairing individual defects, and follows the summer surface dressing programme which saw over 300 sites treated to slow the formation of potholes

Nov 2 2018

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, explained: “Making sure Hampshire’s extensive road network is fit for purpose is one of our top priorities.

“After the snow in March, we mobilised extra ‘find and fix’ highways gangs on the road network to tackle the damage caused by the weather. This year we are carrying out repairs in advance of the worst of the winter weather to prevent damage before it occurs by dedicating specific resource to target around 30 sites across Hampshire for extra work."

The winter preparation programme begins on 5 November. It will target parts of the network that are more vulnerable to damage by winter weather.

Councillor Humby continued: “Alongside the Operation Resilience programme, our long-term strategy to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient and able to withstand the effects of extreme weather and increasingly heavy traffic, and the successful surface dressing programme over the summer, this extra work will help ensure Hampshire’s roads are prepared for the challenges winter brings.

“We will do all we can to minimise disruption to traffic during these works, but please bear with us while this important highways maintenance is carried out.”

To keep both the public and the workforce safe during the works, they will be undertaken under road closures.

Hampshire residents are encouraged to report potholes and road defects direct to the County Council