£8.4 million budget allocated but disappointment for sub-urban areas
The York Council has announced which roads and footpaths will be resurfaced during 2018/19.
There is good news for Askham Lane, Middlethorpe Grove, Skelton, Marygate and the national cycle route 66 (which will get a £1/4 million resurface).
Much of the rest of the budget is taken up by the continuing street light upgrade programme, with £100,000 to be spent on remedying fibre excavation reinstatements and £400,000 on City Walls repairs (up by 25%)
School Street – City’s worst carriageway?
The Council says that the priorities were determined following surveys.
“In order to produce the programme of highway works for each year, information is drawn from a number of sources:
· Visual safety survey of all our roads and footways.
· Digital condition survey of all our roads and footways
· Detailed condition survey of all our roads and footways.
· United Kingdom Pavement Management System (UKPMS) visual and machine surveys
The survey records five condition categories, being grade 1 (very good), grade 2 (good), grade 3 (fair), grade 4 (poor) and grade 5 (very poor).
The City of York Council commission the service of Gaist Solutions Limited who carried out a detailed video survey of the whole of the council adopted highway network. The survey was utilised to assess the condition of all parts of the network.
Poor roads and footpaths that didn’t make the resurfacing list
Each road and footway is assessed and given a ranking (score) based on a range of criteria, all metrics of the network were collated and a treatment solution was determined.
The Council goes on to say that further assessments will be undertaken to identify the impacts that have arisen from the long spells of freezing conditions during winter 2017/18. Where necessary works programmes may be amended to address any change in risk arising from reductions in highway asset condition because of this
Nevertheless some residents may be bewildered when they find that their local footpath has not been included in the programme. Path surfaces in streets like St Stephens Square and Ridgeway are now very uneven.
Probably the worst carriageway in the City is School Street in Acomb which doesn’t get a mention.
There will be pressure for the council to publish the “score” that each road received when surveyed.