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Highway Condition Survey taking place to identify areas most in need of repair

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Monday 20 September 2021

A Highway Condition Survey will be taking place over the next two weeks in order to assess the general condition of the island's public highway network. This will be used to help identify and prioritise roads which will require resurfacing works in future to maintain them in an acceptable condition.

While Traffic & Highway Services' contractors carry out improvements across the network every week, the survey provides a detailed assessment of the whole island and is a vital part of ensuring a robust and business-like approach to road maintenance, making better use of our resources and ensuring public money is spent in the most efficient manner.

The survey will also assist Traffic & Highway Services with preparing a road resurfacing programme for the next three years. This resurfacing programme is coordinated with other programmed works, such as utility upgrades and connections to development sites, to limit the level of disruption to road users as far as practical.

Experienced survey company, Gaist, will commence the survey within the next week and will use their specialist vehicle to capture condition data of the 390km or so of public roads in Guernsey.

The survey vehicle has five cameras mounted on the vehicle to capture the road scape which is then analysed. The survey method is able to identify and quantify numerous defects which are then used to grade the condition of the road.

Prohibited streets, such as the High Street, will not be surveyed as these are regularly inspected by Traffic and Highway Services engineers.

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