Ipswich: Pothole-ridden estate roads set for a much-needed makeover

IPSWICH: Some of the worst roads in the town could be rebuilt as part of a drive to replace concrete roads throughout the county.

Roads on many of the town’s largest housing estates, including Chantry, Rushmere and Broke Hall, were made out of concrete in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

At the time the material was fairly cheap and easy to set down – but it does not last as long as traditional bitumen roads.

Concrete is especially susceptible to frost damage, and the recent cold winters have led to a rash of potholes on estate roads.

Now the county and borough councils are to work together to start replacing concrete roads – beginning in Ipswich.

County councillor with responsibility for transport Guy McGregor said the county had slightly more money available for road repairs than had originally been thought.

He said he would like to see all concrete roads replaced: “They were built in the aftermath of the war and were not expected to last this long. They really should be replaced.

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“I don’t know the best way of doing that – it might be best to break them into hardcore and then cover them with bitumen tops.”

Mr McGregor said there were also concrete estate roads in Lowestoft and Haverhill that the county would like to replace.

Tanya de Hoedt, who is responsible for transport at the borough council, said there would not be enough money to replace all the concrete roads in Ipswich, but engineers were currently drawing up a list of priorities.

She said: “There should be some money available to start work during the next financial year. I don’t know how many roads we will be able to do – and in some cases we may still have to do repairs rather than rebuilding but we will do what we can.”