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Council spent £240,000 treating residential roads in Poole

Borough of Poole has carried out preventative maintenance works to over 40,000 m2 of roads in Poole at a cost of approximately £240,000. 

Seventeen roads, which are mainly residential, were treated as part of a two-week rolling programme with the aim of preserving Poole’s road network and preventing potholes from forming. 

The works involved the application of a thin coat of asphalt over the existing road surface. This not only seals the road but provides a smoother surface resulting in a better journey for road users. 

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "The roads selected for treatment were particularly prone to potholes and were taking up a lot of our resources in constant repairs. By carrying out preventative maintenance we have minimised the impact on our reactive maintenance budget as well as reduced disruption to the public. Most of the work was carried out during short duration road closures. However because of the quickness of this type of works, disruption to residents was kept to a minimum with several roads being treated by the same gang in the same day. 

“With the continuing pressures on the council’s budget, we are using alternative, cheaper materials where we can, to help preserve our aging road network rather than replace surfacing wherever possible. Whilst in an ideal world we would like to replace a worn out road surface, the financial constraints would result in an unacceptably long period of time to wait between treatments for the average residential road. The new road surface will last between 10 and 15 years." 

Full details of the roads treated can be found at http://www.boroughofpoole.com/transport-and-streets/roads-highways-and-pavements/highway-maintenance-programme/