Busy months for Hampshire’s road teams

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THIRTEEN miles of roads have been resurfaced and a further 137 miles have been treated with a top surface this financial year by the county council’s highways team.

Executive member for transport Sean Woodward said: ‘The summer is the busiest time of year for our highway gangs as they make the most of the weather to replace and upgrade worn-out roads to ensure they are not only smoother to drive across, but more resilient.’

Hampshire County Council released the figure - which is enough to cover more than 164 football pitches – yesterday as the team appeared on the first episode of Channel 5’s Stop! Roadworks Ahead.

The new documentary series will be shown for six weeks every Monday at 8pm.

Hampshire’s Operation Resilience programme for this year already contains 130 road resurfacing jobs, 219 surface dressing schemes, as well as 65 drainage improvement schemes and 153 footpath improvement schemes.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘Although we already have plenty of work lined up, we still want residents to report any road problems and defects they see, so we can make sure they are fixed as quickly as possible.’

To report problems go to hants.gov.uk/roadproblems