Roadworks on Solway Street, Silloth
Following concerns raised by local residents about the resurfacing work currently being undertaken on Solway Street, we contacted Cumbria Highways to pass on the concerns. Below is a copy of the response received.
“The use of the vibration as part of the compaction process is determined by the contractor based on their requirements in order to achieve the required levels of compaction. They use information provided in the specification for highways works which details the different types of machinery that can be used to achieve compaction. They have highlighted that in order to achieve the required compaction levels the use of vibration will be required in the lower layers of the new road structure. If the required compaction levels are not achieved in these layers (shown by on site testing that is being carried out) the road would be susceptible to failure and noted as defective, meaning remedial works would have to be carried out. To avoid this, unfortunately the use of vibration is required. I have spoken regularly to the contractor and the use of vibration is only being used where absolutely necessary.
Upon completion of the scheme an end of works assessment will be completed with the contractor to highlight any issues raised and how these can be avoided as part of any future schemes. As part of this we will look into different methods of working in regards to compaction of the lower layers and the use of vibration.
We apologise for the disruption and inconvenience that residents are experiencing.”
If you would like any additional information please contact Luke Charlton, Highways Network Engineer, Highways and Transport Economy and Infrastructure Directorate, Cumbria County Council, Joseph Noble Road, Lillyhall, Workington, CA14 4JH