In a Freedom of Information request received this week council officials admit that the historic road surface on The Shore is “not generally designed to carry heavy road vehicles,” and reveal plans for further road repairs, worth thousands of pounds.
In late November last year, we reported on Shore residents concerns over the quality of the road surface there.
Locals claimed that since works undertaken as part of a 2012 £551,000 upgrade of the area were completed, some parts of the street had rapidly deteriorated to the point where large vehicles were causing ‘violent tremors’ in their homes.
Greener Leith has now learned that further repairs worth thousands of pounds are scheduled on the street in the next financial year.
In the Freedom of Information response, council officials insist that the areas of road surface that need to be repaired are historic parts of the road that were not included in the £551,000 upgrade works in 2012.
But the officials acknowledge that these older parts of the street are not capable of withstanding large numbers of heavy vehicles. It says: “The carriageway is deteriorating due to the constant vehicle traffic on a carriageway which is not generally designed to carry heavy vehicles, i.e. the sett construction is not designed to carry heavy pneumatic-tyred vehicles and will deteriorate faster than a modern asphaltic construction. When the council carries out sett repairs on heavily-trafficked roads a modern method of construction requires to be used in place of the traditional lighter construction.”
The FOI response goes on to add that the areas re-laid by council contractor Premier 1 in 2012, have not deteriorated since then. They add: “The areas repaired by Premier1 have withstood trafficking since installation and it is now the adjacent areas which are failing. This can be reasonably expected as once the carriageway areas start to show deformation and subsidence it is likely that the majority of the road will require treatment.”
It is estimated that it will cost around £7200 to repair the 135 square metres of road that have deteriorated. However, it is understood that further ‘patching’ may be required in the future, as long as high frequency heavy vehicles run along the street.
You can download the FOI request, and the accompanying documents for yourself by clicking here. It includes traffic count data for the street prior to the road upgrade, detailed road inspection reports and the specification documents used by the council.