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Contractors promise to repair substandard road resurfacing
A street that suffered a "substandard" repair job will be resurfaced by contractors after residents complained the job had been left unfinished for weeks.
Byron Avenue in Borehamwood was resurfaced by Hertfordshire County Council’s contractors Eurovia at the end of October.
However residents complained the firm had done a substandard job on the part they did resurface, making it worse than it was before, while neglecting the parking extension area that sorely needed it as it had not been touched for ten years.
Resident Dusan Suvajdzic said: “The recent tarmac is full of shingles as it has not been compacted and car tyres will release it in time, causing chips in windscreens.
“The gaps around drain lids have been filled with hard core, as if cement is in short supply.”
He said he had complained to the highway department but had heard nothing for three weeks.
He added: “I understand the road maintenance budget is not great, but to make such a low quality repair making it worse than it was before, and to miss obvious repairs in parking areas is just impossible to comprehend.”
This comes after Hertfordshire Councillors last week criticised Ringway, which was given overall responsibility for maintaining roads last year, for giving taxpayers a poor service by delaying repairs or listing a job as complete when some or none of the work had been carried out.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire Council’s highways department said the microsurfacing carried out on Byron Avenue was “a fast, effective and economical way” to preserve and protect the road surface through preventing pot holes and allowing cars to grip the surface better.
He said contractors did their best to pick up the loose stones but blamed the fact many still remained on the road being a minor one with few cars to compact the stones.
He added: “Although the majority of loose stones are picked up following the treatment, we also rely on traffic to help embed the stones in the few weeks following the treatment.
“To try and resolve this, Eurovia will carry out an inspection of the site and re-sweep the road if required. In the meantime, we would ask motorists to drive slowly through the area.”
He added Eurovia had been having some problems with equipment on the day it was carrying out the work meaning contractors were unable to access the parking area.
“A highways team will be returning in March to resurface this area."
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