State of road ‘driver’s worst nightmare’

Road resurfacing work at the junction of Double Street and Herring Lane. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Road resurfacing work at the junction of Double Street and Herring Lane. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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A motorist says he was horrified when he saw the standard of resurfacing work being carried out on a Spalding street.

The reader, who called the Spalding Guardian, is concerned “loose chippings left scattered on Albion Street” could damage cars or hurt pedestrians.

He said: “It’s a mess. There’s gaps and it’s spread onto the pavements. As a motorist, I’m tired of the poor job highways are doing.

“Loose chippings are damaging cars. And by the look of it, there’s more to come.”

Debra Greaves, area highways manager, said: “Albion Street was part surface-dressed on Tuesday, and work had to stop due to the wet weather. The contractors were due to return yesterday to complete the works.

“As part of surface-dressing, loose chippings may be left on the road for a short time, and cars are advised to drive slowly, and adhere to a 20mph speed limit. The road will be swept several times to complete the works and any mess on the road or pavements will be tidied up.”

Work also started on resurfacing Double Street on Sunday and is due to continue over the next two Sundays, including the Bank Holiday weekend.

Dave Higgins, landlord of the nearby Lincolnshire Poacher, said: “I’m pleased the work is being done, but I can understand why someone complained.

“The resurfaced road is not levelled and rain water is not reaching the drain. Water off the road will flood the pavements and cause problems during the winter.

“The oversized pebbles in the middle of the road have not yet moulded into the tar, which may cause cracking.

“The work affected my business on Sunday when I had live music, but it will be further down next time so hopefully people will not be put off coming.”