Broken roads restored by county operation

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Hampshire's roads have been returned to the condition they were in before last winter's Arctic conditions.

The county council's Operation Restore initiative has resurfaced and repaired 63 miles of roads between June and November 30 this year.

The project is the first stage of a strategy to 'future proof' Hampshire's highways.

It will be followed next year by Operation Resilience, to strengthen more of the road network to make sure they are better able to withstand weather including snow, ice and flooding.

By the end of November 2010, 53,000 tonnes of surfacing material had been used in more than 200 locations across Hampshire.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of roads and transport at the council, said: 'Operation Restore has completed what we set out to do. It's the end of the beginning of a long-term plan to make our roads more resilient.

'Some of these works took place in busy areas so that night works were needed to minimise disruption during the day and speed up the time spent on the works, and I would like to thank residents for their patience during this.'