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Companies that dig up roads face greater scrutiny

Road Ahead Closed Roadworks Closure

1:43pm 18th October 2017

The street works team at North Yorkshire County Council is toughening up its inspections of work carried out on roads and footways by utility companies and private individuals.

The aim is to ensure that the reinstatement of the road after such work meets the required standard of materials and construction.

The street works team has always carried out visual inspections of highways reinstated after work by utilities, such as energy and telecoms companies, and licensed private works in the streets, but now it is extending this to inspect core samples from reinstated roads.

A core sample will be taken from a random selection of reinstated roads across the county, enabling the team to glean information about the materials and construction of the reinstatement that the visual inspection alone cannot provide.

If work is found to fall below the required standard, the company involved will have to do remedial work to bring it up to standard.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said:

“Often, potholes and other damaged areas on our highways are caused by inadequate reinstatement after excavation. The new coring regime will address this.”

The authority began core inspections this month.

Some other authorities around the country take a similar approach, but North Yorkshire is one of the few to undertake this work in-house.

There are about 20,000 utility and licensed works each year in North Yorkshire.

The council’s team will core about

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