Getting things done – street drains on Perth Road #dundeewestend

I have received complaints about blocked street drains on Perth Road west of Harris Academy.
As one constituent recently said :
“… the drain grating at bus stop on Perth Road (north side) just east of Arnhall Drive is completely blocked so water backs up in the roadway when it rains heavily.   Last time I checked most of the gratings between there and West Park Road were also part/all blocked by gunge.”
I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised :
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has asked the gully machine to inspect and clear as required.”

Flooding issues – part of Perth Road area #dundeewestend

A number of residents have contacted me over recent weeks about the extent of road flooding on Perth Road at points between Hazel Avenue running west to Riverside Place.
I reported this to Scottish Water and their Corporate Affairs Manager (North) has updated me as follows :
“I’ve spoken to our local team, who have confirmed that they responded to burst water mains at the two locations described on Perth Road.  
Bursts can sometimes occur in proximity to each other when the normal operation of a main has been disturbed and this doesn’t necessarily suggest that further problems will occur in the short term.  I understand that repairs on the most recent incident in this area were completed successfully on 16 November and there have been no further issues since.  
We would like to apologise to customers and road-users for the disruption while our water response team completed repairs.
In terms of any water that remained on the carriageway following these incidents, this should drain away via normal road drainage arrangements.  If there is an issue with the drains at this location, whatever the origin of the water, this should be raised with the council in the first instance who would contact Scottish Water if they believed that the issues were linked to our recent work.”

Perth Road – west of Riverside Drive to Riverside Avenue

Residents have highlighted to me that Perth Road west of Riverside Drive to Riverside Avenue is the only part of the road not resurfaced or surface dressed in recent years.
I asked the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership if this can be considered for future improvement and I have received the following response :
“Perth Road west of Riverside Drive to Ninewells Avenue is provisionally included in the 2019-2020 Carriageway Programme for surface dressing.”

State of Perth Road surfacing work “totally unacceptable” – nearly three weeks on

I have again strongly complained to the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership about “unacceptable” road surface dressing with chippings on part of Perth Road west of Harris Academy that left the area covered in a thick dust and led to many residents’ complaints.   
I have requested urgent action to deal with large amounts of dust in the area – particularly on the pavements – nearly three weeks on from the original road surfacing work taking place.
I initially raised concerns when the surface dressing took place during the last week of June following numerous constituent complaints.
The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has since responded to my complaint as follows :
“We have been using this aggregate in surface dressing for a number of years with great success and it is also a popular stone used by other surface dressing contractors in Scotland. The Arbroath Road section completed last year was the same specification as used at Perth Road this year.
The stone is certified by the quarry as meeting the specification for the surface dressing, and the stone is also washed for dust removal prior to use. Over and above the certification requirements we also undertake secondary independent testing of the surface dressing stone to ensure the delivered load meets the specification requirements. I can confirm all these steps were undertaken and the stone met with the specification requirements.
Unfortunately as you are aware we experienced a significant level of early life dust release following laying and I can confirm this was in excess of what was expected and planned. Please accept my apologies for this. We believe the dust is associated with the stone crushing when initially rolled with the pneumatic tyre rollers (PTR). 
We are considering changing to an alternate stone source next year  … I can confirm the early dust release has no detrimental impact on the service life longevity of the surfacing laid, it being a nuisance and disruption factor rather than performance.
Lastly, as discussed we increased the aftercare significantly at Perth Road following completion of the works. As noted on the Dundee City Council Road Maintenance website page, we usually sweep the road three times after laying, at set intervals. We have been regularly sweeping and vactoring the road surface in conjunction with spraying with water to suppress the dust   …  we believe this will resolve the worst of the dust problem. We will however continue to monitor …  and shall continue with dust suppression spraying and sweeping until we are satisfied the dust issues are no longer prevalent.”
Nearly three weeks on and the situation is still totally unsatisfactory.    The pavement in particular is still covered in a fine dust – see photo above.    How this can be considered an acceptable standard of work is completely beyond me.
Lessons really do need to be learned from this and I have asked the Roads Maintenance Partnership to take immediate steps to improve the Perth Road situation by dealing with any remaining dust, particularly on the pavement.      This has been an extremely poor situation and quality of work and it needs urgently rectified.

Temporary Traffic Order – Perth Road

From the City Council :
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating carriageway resurfacing works.  The Order is expected to be in force for four weeks from 24 July 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Perth Road from Hawkhill to Roseangle.
Working hours will be 11 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 6 pm Saturdays.  Access will be maintained outwith these times.
Alternative routes will be available via (1) Hawkhill,, West Marketgait and Nethergate, and (2) Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road and Windsor Street.
Queries can be answered by the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS, or phone 433082.

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Perth Road shopping area – resurfacing #dundeewestend

Many constituents have contacted me regarding the resurfacing of Perth Road’s road surface (plus north pavement and new pedestrian crossing) starting at the beginning of the Dundee Holiday Fortnight.
I therefore paste below and update I have received from the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership regarding this :
Major Road Maintenance Works Perth Road (Hawkhill to Roseangle)
I would like to advise you of major carriageway and footway maintenance works that will have a significant impact on the road / footway network and local businesses in the above area. This notice is given in advance of the letter which will be issued to all effected parties. 
We are planning to resurface Perth Road carriageway from Hawkhill to Roseangle. In conjunction with this work we are planning to resurface the north footway between Hawkhill and Pennycook Lane and carry out further footway works in Pennycook Lane. We are also proposing to replace the pedestrian crossing unit at Union Place.
We anticipate that this will affect businesses greatly during the 4 week programme.
After many discussions and meetings it has been decided to work site hours of 11am to 8pm weekdays and 11am to 6pm Saturdays, no Sunday working is planned in order to give residents some respite from the works.
These arrangements will allow for deliveries and access outwith the above hours although all signing will remain in place for the closure.”