FOI Request - B9010 Blervie Castle Road

Request 101000269579

1.   What is the current maintenance inspection regime for this road ie how often is it inspected formally for wear & tear/damage/identification of required remedial works?

2.  Has the frequency of such inspection changed at all in the last 5 years, and if so how and why?

3.  What evidence is there that the regime is ‘reasonable’ in terms of frequency, method etc. for example, is it in line with any national guideline/recognised standard, and if not  what criteria, recognised good practice etc did the council use/refer to when setting its own current practice & standard?

4.  How is the actual inspection carried out; specifically, if done by motor vehicle, at what average speed/miles covered in a typical day and is there always an appropriately qualified and experienced person on board in addition to the driver to undertake the work?

5.  Some roads have foreseeable ‘critical control points’ which may well require more stringent inspection and maintenance eg blind bends on narrow, high-hedged roads where predictably, for safety reasons, drivers will want to hug the nearside verge, a known vulnerable point, and by doing so create damage such as potholes more frequently and of greater significance than typical for the road as a whole. What system, if any, has the council in place that recognises and responds to such predictable abnormal wear & tear and, in turn, potential damage to vehicles/real risk to drivers and passengers?

I can confirm it is the minor road that leaves the B9010 at Rafford and travels in an easterly direction passing Blervie Castle on the way towards Califer.

Response 01-08-2014

The road which you refer to is the U95E Blervie Castle-Lawrenceton Road.

1.  The U95E is inspected every 6 months

2.  No

3.  The inspection frequency is determined by the road’s location (urban or rural) and it’s maintenance hierarchy.  The hierarchies and inspection frequencies are in line with those recommended within the ‘Well Maintained Highways’ Code of Practice.  This Council successfully defends the majority of road-related insurance claims – this is evidence that the current inspection regime is reasonable.

4.  Carriageway inspections are carried out from a slow moving vehicle.  The Road Inspector both drives and inspects at the same time, stopping as necessary to record defects.

5.  We do not have any identified “critical control points”.

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