Roads prepared for winter

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has announced a £2 million programme of highways work is about to begin to help protect roads from damage by snow and ice over the coming winter.

The work involves surfacing sections of roads, rather than repairing individual defects, and follows the summer surface dressing programme which saw over 300 sites treated to slow the formation of potholes.

Councillor Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport, explained: ‘Making sure Hampshire’s extensive road network is fit for purpose is one of our top priorities.’

The winter preparation programme begins on November 5, and will target parts of the network that are more vulnerable to damage by winter weather.

‘After the snow in March, we mobilised extra ‘find and fix’ highways gangs on the road network to tackle the damage caused by the weather.

‘This year we are carrying out repairs in advance of the worst of the winter weather to prevent damage before it occurs by dedicating specific resource to target around 30 sites across Hampshire for extra work,’ added Cllr Humby.

Mr Humby has vowed to keep disruption to a minimum and has asked for the public’s patience.