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Contractor Could Be Ordered To Repair Selby By-pass


7:43am 28th November 2013
(Updated 7:53am 28th November 2013)

The contractor which built the Selby by-pass could be ordered to repair it's crumbling surface. It's an option being considered by the county council and Highways Agency as they investigate how bad the problem is.

Early results say the problems with the surface are in the lower layers of the road, which will be "very costly" to repair. The county council, along with the Highways Agency, is investigating because of the large areas of crumbling surfacing material. So the county council say it can only carry out temporary repairs to keep the road safe until any issues have been resolved and a long-term solution has been found.

The county council and the Highways Agency, which was responsible for construction of the bypass, have been working on site creating test pits, trial holes, coring and carrying out specialist non-destructive tests to determine the "residual life" left in the road structure.

As the tests reveal more information, they will decide on next steps, such as whether the Highways Agency needs to take up the issue with the contractor that constructed the bypass.

Carrying out more comprehensive repairs at this time would not be cost-effective, say the county council, as any permanent repairs may involve the whole width of the bypass and not just the isolated areas of failure visible now.

They add that temporary repairs in the main are managing to cover over and prevent badly crazed areas from developing into potholes and becoming a safety issue to highways users.

"We are aware that there has been significant public concern about the state of the Selby bypass and the nature and extent of the roadworks carried out so far," said County Councillor Gareth Dadd, executive member for highways.

"Preliminary investigations reveal that there may be fundamental problems with the road structure and therefore we must pursue the issue strongly on behalf of our taxpayers. For the present, we are carrying out temporary repairs which will keep the road safe for highway users."

Steve Butler, however, believes the poor state of the road led to an expensive bill for his girlfriend's car.


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