Pot Holes.

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  1. martinc

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    It's getting really bad. You expect a few bits of poor road here and there, but this morning in a two mile drive from outskirts into town centre i now have to actively steer around 4 significant potholes now that I think could potentially damage the car, would most certainly throw off a cyclist or biker.. Now they have all been marked with spray paint so Highways know about them all. But one of the, actually the hardest to avoid, and it means taking a very odd line at a busy junction, was marked so long ago the paint has now all worn off, but the hole is still there and getting bigger. These are not areas where a bit of the top wearing course has come away, but holes of several inches depth right through the black top into the sub base below.. Actually no, one of them is the start of a potential sink hole, where the road has sunk but surface more or less stayed intact, and it continues to sink. Its the sort of thing that could end up in the news when it finally gives way and a bus falls into a large hole... What with those and the foot high weeds in the gutters, its not looking good. We have had a few bits resurfaced of course in recent weeks of course, I think a hole has already been dug through part of that in Woodbridge Road...
     
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    • dan5

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      It is a disgrace of the state the roads are in.

      Suffolk Highways (or to the point Kier) are to blame. Elsewhere, at the station area the roads are being resurfaced multiple times in a few months...

      Part of this is cosmetic in Burrell Road etc. to compliment the nearby station forecourt works...

      A relative had to replace a suspension spring recently due to pot holes. What are we paying taxes for?
       
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      I think I mentioned I'd reported a couple of potholes recently, both had been marked up and I got an email about one of them! Well today I took my usual route into the town centre and blow me down, one of them has been repaired! Progress.....
       
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      Credit where credit is due! I suppose it was the one nearest to a councillor's house?

      Just out of interest, was it the smallest/largest one of the two? (or the shallowest/deepest?)
       
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      its was the smallest, the other one continues to get deeper. I assume something underneath has collapsed, and they really need to investigate it, although i think they have done the same there before, I anticipate closure of the bottom of Christchurch St in order to do that properly, meantime cars continue to bump through it or drive around it! And if it opened right up and a bus fell in I would not be surprised..

      And I doubt any councillors live at the junction of Orchard St and Woodbridge Road,!
       
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      Yeah, I thought it would be the smallest one!

      Street View seems to suggest the bottom of Christchurch Street being resurfaced in 2010.

      I need to take a trip down there soon to see what the pothole is like.
       
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      no parking bollards have appeared at the bottom of Christchurch Street, so anticipating this is a precursor to works to investigate and fill in the sink hole...
       
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      Positive news. It would appear this to be the case. They don't do anything in a hurry, we can expect some severe disruption while they do this.

      Is this evident of the Key Street works being complete? It will be the same pool of staff.
       
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      well it looks like Christchurch St has had a quick bodge done now. Rather than dig a hole to find out the root cause of the depression in the road surface they have put some more black stuff in to to level it up. That's the second time they've done that, the first lot of black stuff sunk as the depression got deeper. but best of all there is still a depression in the road, so its not even been properly leveled up..
       
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      Kier... has to be Suffolk Highways to blame. The annoying factor for me is it isn't like Kier is pulling the wool over the county council's eyes, they fully understand what is going on.
       
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      Four day lane closure on A1071 Woodbridge Road (Anglia Water) for "Comm pipe repair" location given is 32a. This started around midday. Just before Christchurch Street. Right lane closure I believe but only seen online information not been past.
       
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      that bit has been dug up lots just lately, ! I'll avoid it...
       
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      I think Anglia Water has a contract with SCC for creating severe traffic disruption. It may sound a conspiracy but I don't ever recall there being so many roadworks around in the past... and it isn't like there is many new roads in Ipswich.

      Someone is micromanaging disruption to all our lives :D
       
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      I went that way I forgot. It's was after 7.00 pm but chaotic. People crossing from left lane to right lane then having to immediately change back due to the road works blocking right lane which they couldn't see and weren't getting any prior notice of.
       
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      Sounds about right. Only Highways England and usually Suffolk Highways do proper signage. Utility companies rarely give any prior notice. I find it interesting how utility companies have the right to dig up any part of the public highway, without the need for prior permission from the local authority.
       
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      According to Google Maps, there appears to be an additional roadworks further down Woodbridge Road...

      Roadworks.org says this is Suffolk Highways for "Gully cleansing." (Ref: LY300WOO-NAT) affecting the full length of the road. There is apparently stop/go boards. Also happening in Felixstowe Road, Colchester Road and Bixley Road.

      Don't they have those trucks (drain cleaners) which suck out the blockages? For Woodbridge Road it is one way so surprised it requires additional traffic management.
       
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      lol, yes, i think its more than silly, just posted that in another thread before I read this!
       

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