Laser scans reveal condition improvement on Essex roads

The condition of main roads in Essex has improved for the third year in a row in 2014 according to hi-tech vehicles used by Essex County Council.

Specially-adapted Road Assessment Vehicles (RAVs) using laser beams to record defects on the roads found just 2.6% of priority routes need treatment, compared to 4.6% a year ago and 6% in 2012.

Each district has also seen an individual improvement, with 2.3% of roads in Braintree and Tendring needing work compared to 3.7% and 5.1% respectively three years ago. In Colchester 2.7% of roads need attention, down from 7.1% three years ago.

The figures do not include local roads, or those maintained by the Highways Agency such as the A12 and A120.

Rodney Bass, County Councillor responsible for highways and transportation said: “Clearly our priority measures and investment in highway improvements are working and really benefiting both commercial and domestic road users.

“Continuously maintaining and upgrading our county routes, which are our priority roads, has a tangible benefit for the county’s business community, especially as many rely heavily on good transport links to and from the region’s ports, airports and motorway connections.”

The results from the scans by the RAVs are used to prioritise maintenance work by highways engineers.

They are also submitted annually to the Department for Transport as a measure of road conditions nationally.

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