Millions Needed for Dorset's Roads Following Flood Deluge
7:37am 18th February 2014
It's going to cost £7M to repair Dorset's road network after the storms.
Dorset County Council's spent £700,000 since Christmas tackling weather related problems, from potholes to blocked ditches.
As first reported on Wessex FM the local authority is pressing for a share of emergency funds made available by the Government.
Work on Portland Beach Road and Bradpole Cycleway has now been suspended so resources can be used elsewhere.
Andrew Martin, Dorset County Council's head of highways operations, said:
"The current weather has made it very difficult to carry out some of our construction projects cost effectively and, more importantly, safely. So we have decided to temporarily close down a number of schemes and divert resources to help the emergency response effort.
"More people will be available to tackle pothole repairs, clear out ditches and gullies, move fallen trees and ensure drainage systems are working properly. Even if the rain stops soon, we will have still have a sizeable backlog of issues to sort out, so it makes sense to suspend or delay these construction schemes for a couple of weeks. We will assess progress next week, but our top priority is to keep roads clear and safe to use."
Cllr Hilary Cox, the council's Cabinet member for environment, said:
"Our highways teams are putting all their efforts into ensuring that our residents suffer as little as possible from storm-damaged roads, and making it safe for people to travel. We will worry about fully restoring them after the crisis has passed, when we will be applying to the Government for any support available.
"I would like to thank our tireless highways teams, who are continuing to work very hard in truly awful conditions."