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Roadway flooding, previous repairs disintegrating

Reported via desktop in the Pothole on road/cycleway category anonymously at 09:42, Tue 9 November 2021

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 409180.

OS Grid Reference TF 42250 51576, Roadway junction flooding. The photos show the standing water and underlying repetition of sub-standard roadway repairs, taken on the 4-Nov after light rainfall of 4.1mm in a 3-hour period (8.8mm in a 21-hour period).

This pooling caused by piecemeal temporary patchwork repairs to the road surface potholes, without consolidating the sub-base, or pre-heating with a gas torch, or sealing with hot bitumen, or infilling with road-quality hot tarmac, or sealing edges with hot bitumen. By also leaving the new surface levels below the existing roadway profile creates the depression to collect standing water. Then hydraulic action on the water by vehicle wheels progressively damages and disperses sub-base material, as well as breaking up the sub-standard repair(s) and further expanding the boundary edges.

The use of footway-grade tarmac and hand consolidation (observation facts) is inexcusable. Repairs in such a concentrated traffic location also necessitate road roller compaction, a process not included.

Action required:- Re-profile all the damaged road surface so that water flows away from the centre (and grassed island) onto the side verges towards the drainage ditches, sub-base reconstruction probable.

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  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate and make an update to this report within 14 days.

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 09:42, Tue 9 November 2021

  • We need to investigate this report. We will contact you again when an update is available.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 15:47, Tue 9 November 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. We undertake our pothole repairs to a strict specification which allows for adequate compaction and the use of hot material. There does appear to be an issue here with standing water which we will investigate further, however the nature of the location ie low rural traffic flows means that no serious safety issue is presented by the water, although we do appreciate it is shortening the life of the pothole repairs. Longer term a resurfacing scheme would be the ideal solution however the expense cannot be justified at this location at this time. Thank you for reporting this matter.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 14:15, Mon 15 November 2021

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