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Surviving the walk to school each morning

Pothole strikes back

After the calm of yesterday’s walk, where there was nothing to report, this morning saw us back to “normal”.

A misty, yet warm, January morning greeted us.  This isn’t what we’ve come to expect over the past few years, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

2013-01-09 photo 6 smallerTraffic was high this morning, especially lorries (I counted 5 in just 10 minutes), not helping the already damaged road.  A neighbour told me this morning that the road structure was apparently not designed or built to cope with the volume of traffic, let alone the number of heavy goods vehicles.  Hence the surface failures we’re now seeing along much of Broad Lane alongside the path.

2013-01-09 photo 10 smallerWhilst this jam was building, another grew behind us, bringing the area close to gridlock!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Son of pothole
2013-01-09 photo 12 smallerNow that the surface water has drained away from outside school, another big pothole is visible.  There’s lots of what looks like diesel oil spread over the path, along with road debris.  The pothole already appears to have claimed the tyre of one car.  I’ve reported the fault to Cheshire East, emphasising the danger this presents to children, pedestrians and motorists, also the rapid expansion of the hole.  They’ve told me there should be a highways team on-site in the next few days.

Last month’s temporary repair has been made good over the Christmas break (you can see it towards the bottom of the photo above).  However, looking at the road surface, there’s a strip of about 10-15m of road further south that looks like it is about to fail too.

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 9
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 6
No. of cars parking illegally:0

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