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Terrible quality road surface

Reported via desktop in the General Highways Enquiry category anonymously at 19:45, Sunday 31 January 2021

Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later

Recently the whole of Redcatch Road was resurfaced using a different surfacing method of applying aggregate to a bitumen layer. The purpose of my message is to report how poor those works were and how Redcatch Road now looks a really poor, second rate road, A summary of the issues:

1 - the sides of the road are even more cambered than they were before and in places there are big lips at the edge of the bitumen, which could cause injury if walked on incorrectly.

2. there are a large number of bald spots, divots, ridges mini potholes uneven surface, which are largely the result of poor quality workmanship, but I strongly suspect also the result of the surface type itself. Driving along today after rain, there were puddles and pools of water in the middle of the road everywhere. Where there are drains, these are considerably below the surface level of the road.

3. After all these months, chippings are still being kicked up onto cars that drive along - aren't chippings supposed to have settled into the bitumen by now? To add to this, the camber in the road has meant that a large number of chippings are now on each side of the road. It looks very scruffy.

I struggle to understand why this resurfacing was done in this way - not only does the road looks very unappealing to the eye, but driving along it is not at all pleasant - lumps, bumps and holes/depressed areas everywhere. T\My understanding is that the chip and tar method of road surfacing was better suited to low-traffic roads. Redcatch Road is a very busy road.

To add to the madness, inexplicably only a few months after this work was complete, a large section of the road was then dug up for the new road layout works at the bottom of Bayham and Woodbridge Road. Once those works were complete, the dug up section of Redcatch Road was resurfaced with a smooth tarmac. That section of the road looks great - clean, smooth and nice to drive along, and which looks completely out of place along that road> Sadly it only serves to highlight how terrible the rest of the road now looks.

Please can some serious consideration given to resurfacing the entirety of Redcatch Road using the same road surfacing that was used in the Bayham/Woodbridge roadworks.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely

Michael Seddon

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  • A new enquiry has been raised for this issue.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 19:45, Sunday 31 January 2021

  • This issue is currently under investigation. We'll provide updates on the outcome as soon as we can.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 14:42, Monday 1 February 2021

  • This issue has been reallocated to the relevant officer or team for action. They'll update you on progress.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 15:10, Monday 8 February 2021

  • This issue has been reallocated to the relevant officer or team for action. They'll update you on progress.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 19:36, Monday 8 February 2021

  • A job has been raised with our contractors to action this issue and appropriate repairs or maintenance will be undertaken as soon as they can.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 14:55, Tuesday 2 March 2021

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