New risk-based inspection policy will rank repairs needed for Calderdale’s roads

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A new risk-based highway inspection policy to prioritise repairs has been given the thumbs up.

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Calderdale Council’s Cabinet agreed to recommend to Full Council that the authority adopts the policy.

The new policy, with a regular system of checks, ranging from monthly to annually, and also taking in footways and cycleways as well as roads, adopts a hierarchical system with motorway at category one and minor access roads at category seven, and a risk matrix running from negligible to high with suggested response timescales.

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It also builds in “functionality” factors, for example, roads affecting hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, shopping centres and so on.

Previously a simplified four-category system with general definitions and timescales has been used.

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