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Recent culvert repair inadequate

Reported in the Bridge or culvert defect category by David Farman at 16:19, Wed 19 August 2020

Sent to Warwickshire County Council less than a minute later

The relatively recent repair to a surface water drainage culvert at the junction of Little Wolford Road and Rosary Lane has merely shifted the problem further downstream. Surface water from the gullies in Little Wolford Road now emerges from the ground at various other points on the south side of Rosary Lane, along the line of the culvert, most noticeably in front of the gate to the plot next door to No.2 Rosary Lane (see photos). It is clear that the culvert has collapsed at several points between the road junction and the large gulley opposite The Rosary where, together with another culvert from the other end of Rosary Lane, it discharges into a much larger culvert. Whilst short sections of this ancient clay culvert have been repaired at various times over the past 20+ years, surely it is time for the entire run, between the road junction and the large gulley opposite The Rosary, to be replaced.

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  • Your report came to the Bridge Maintenance Mailbox; we have forwarded it to County Highways as this is a drainage issue and doesn't relate to Bridge Maintenance assets.

    Posted anonymously at 10:58, Thu 20 August 2020

  • Nothing happening....!

    Posted by David Farman at 18:55, Wed 16 September 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Shoddy resurfacing carried out at the top of Rosary Lane: the torrents of surface water from Little Wolford Road now completely bypass the drainage gullies on either side at the top of Rosary Lane, which have been left high and (literally!) dry. Not that this makes much difference, of course, as nothing has been done to repair the culverts that drain these gullies.

    Dye testing by Severn Trent Water many years ago clearly demonstrated that surface water from drain gullies in Little Wolford Road reappears via road surface cracks and potholes in Rosary Lane: nowadays, this water simply bypasses the drainage system altogether.

    Do I have to really have to take a pickaxe to it myself??

    Posted anonymously at 23:35, Mon 5 October 2020

  • The Bridge Maintenance Team apologise that nothing has happened since your previous report, but this is a matter for WCC's County Highways Team to deal with. We have forwarded this update to them.

    Posted by Bridge Maintenance at 14:46, Fri 9 October 2020

  • The gullies in Rosary Lane have been cleared (again), but this will not fix the problem: surface water from Little Wolford Road continues largely to bypass the gullies at the top end of the lane; the water that is captured by these gullies continues to emerge from cracks in the road surface to the south-east of No.2 Rosary Lane. It is so obvious what is happening: the culvert(s) draining the gullies are blocked or have collapsed, and the relationship between the gullies and road surface results in surface water from Little Wolford Road largely bypassing them anyway.

    If someone from Warwickshire Highways would only inspect the situation in wet weather, the problem(s) would be immediately apparent! But, no: they simply patch the road surface rather than addressing the underlying problem(s).

    Posted by David Farman at 19:28, Wed 14 October 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Arwickshire County Council has received your report which will be reviewed accordingly. There are no automatic updates to the status of this report - this is something we are working on as part of the improvements to fault reporting.

    Posted by County Highways at 13:47, Thu 15 October 2020

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:13, Wed 11 November 2020

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