A word of praise for the council team who identified and repaired the potholes, fast becoming mini-craters, in Queen Margarets Road last Thursday/Friday.
I know that at the time of writing there will be many people with complaints about this still-existent problem in their street or road, and/or, routes over which they make regular journeys. Not least are sections of the main roads leading out of town.
However, I think that Queen Margarets Road was given priority because its condition was such that motorists and cyclists alike faced an almost life or death situation. Approaching from Filey Road, there were potholes over a stretch of approximately 150m, obviously worsened by the increase in traffic resulting from the Seamer Road diversion. Consequently, I have observed motorists attempting an avoidance manoeuvre occasionally crossing over to the wrong side of the road, this distraction increasing the risk of accident. Shortly after recovering from the ordeal of the first series of holes, the motorist was suddenly faced with a further batch close to a blind bend, the pattern of which prevented avoidance, thus the need to reduce speed to a crawl if noticed in time. Reasonable action during daylight hours but otherwise a nasty shock as in those cases where holes are “hidden” when filled with snow or rainwater
There is evidence in many parts that the majority of the potholes are those “repaired” during the past couple of years, which poses the question of the suitability of the materials used and the method employed. However, I can understand the problems of undertaking hasty but urgent repairs in adverse weather conditions.
Obviously the desirable solution would be a complete resurfacing of the suspect sections of road, as was carried out in places, but the cost to the economy, the unpredictable weather and the ever-increasing disruption to traffic are matters of serious concern.