Kirklees Council feels the heat over ‘melting’ road
CONTRACTORS are to be sent back in to repair a road where vehicles ‘peeled off’ the newly-laid surface during the recent hot spell.
Cars were left virtually un-driveable as the road melted and caked tyres in up to two inches of tar and stone chips.
Adrian Kershaw told how cars became bogged down in Broomfield Road, Fixby, as newly-laid tarmac melted in the heat.
Mr Kershaw said his car was “practically unroadworthy” with two inches of tar and stones stuck to each tyre.
The road was left with chunks of its surface missing and Mr Kershaw said: “It was a complete mess. The road was left pitted with potholes and was worse than when they started.”
Now Kirklees Council has promised to inspect the work and will order contractors to make repairs at their own expense within three months.
The council revealed the cost of the original work was £25,000 and Mr Kershaw wants to know how much council taxpayers’ money has been spent on sub-standard work over the years.
“This must have affected literally hundreds of drivers in the area and no-one seems answerable to sort out the mess,” he said.
Mr Kershaw said he had reported what had happened twice via the council’s website but had not received a reply.
In a statement a council spokesman said: “There have been problems with the bitumen binder softening in the recent hot weather and appearing through the top layer of stone.
“As traffic travels over this it can remove the top layer of stone.
“This can be carried onto other parts of the road and the problem can become exacerbated.
“The council’s contractor was made aware of the issues on Broomfield Road and has been required by the council to carry out remedial works to reduce the binder showing on the surface and minimise the impact to residents and visitors using the road.
“A full inspection of all works is to be carried out next week with the contractor, to agree permanent repairs to resolve the problems that have been found.
“The cost of the original work was £25,000 but the costs of any work now required will be borne by the contractor. The permanent repairs will be carried out within the next three months.”