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Maintenance teams keep roads safe during Coronavirus pandemic

Highways statistics for the Coronavirus pandemic; 5536 potholes, 364 miles of surface dressing, 8973 gulleys emptied, 5,000 miles of verges cut Published Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

Worcestershire’s roads remained safe for those essential vehicles who needed to travel during the Coronavirus lockdown – thanks to the County Council’s road maintenance team.

Now that travelling on the roads is beginning to return to normal, the breakdown in numbers brings the teams efforts during the pandemic right to the forefront.

Nearly 365 miles have been surface dressed as part of the yearly programme so far, and over 35,000 square metres of roads have been resurfaced.

The programme has been adapted to continue during the restrictions put in place during the Coronavirus pandemic.

During the pandemic, the team have repaired over 6,000 carriageway defects, emptied over 8,000 gullies, cut nearly 5,000 miles of grass verges and responded to over 100 out of hours calls, across the county.

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said:

“Our highways teams have been brilliant during a really difficult year so far. They have been there to help support our residents during the February flood event where Worcestershire was one of the most severely affected counties, and their great work continued during the Coronavirus pandemic. Keeping our roads safe for essential workers to travel was a necessity during the lockdown period, and the team really stood up to the challenge.”

Nick Goddard, Regional Director for Ringway said: “Our teams have faced the same uncertainties as everyone else over this period. In spite of this, they kept working under extremely difficult conditions, following new safety guidelines and practicing social distancing.

I am incredibly proud of the whole team in Worcestershire and the efforts they made, and continue to make, to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe whilst keeping local highways well maintained.” 

The team followed strict safety measures whilst working, adhering to social distancing whilst working to the revised operational procedures.