Main Huntingdon road ‘worse than before resurfacing work’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 December 2012

Complaints about St Peters Road surface, motorcyclist Gary McAdam looking at the tarmac

Complaints about St Peters Road surface, motorcyclist Gary McAdam looking at the tarmac

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A HUNTINGDON road has been described as a hazard for drivers and motorcyclists ... because of recent resurfacing work.

Concerns have been raised about the standard of resurfacing work that was carried out in St Peter’s Road in September by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Rather than a complete resurfacing of the road, which CCC engineers said was not necessary, the council redressed the surface.

The work left loose stones on the road and on the pavements while there are ‘deep indents’ where manhole covers are now inches below the road surface.

Gary McAdam, 44, who works for Mymar Training, in Royal Oak Passage, Huntingdon, said the road had become worse for drivers.

He said: “I feel the council doesn’t understand the importance of doing the job properly.

“It’s worse than before.

“At the end of the day it is a waste of taxpayers’ money because they will have to sort it out. But they wanted to do it on the cheap.

“The A141 between March and Wisbech has been resurfaced and it’s a 100 times better – why couldn’t they have done it here? The road is an important route for Huntingdon and it has a lot of lorries and other traffic travelling on it.

“One of the problems is they have just left it, like it’s complete, but there is shingle on the road and on the paths where the vehicles have pushed it on them.

“It’s unsafe for mothers with prams going to St Peter’s School and for young cyclists as they could quite easily slip on the shingle and hurt themselves.”

He also claimed: “The road is a death trap for motorcyclists because of the dips with manhole covers and the shingle and is also unsafe for other motorists.”

A CCC spokesman said engineers recommended the £25,000 surface dressing work to prolong the road surface’s life as a full resurfacing, which would cost £140,000, was not required.

He added: “Normally we go back weeks after the work has been carried out to get rid of the stones from the road and the paths but due to the poor weather we haven’t been able to yet, which we apologise for.”

He also said the responsibility for ‘sunken’ manhole covers was down to the utility companies.

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