Lo­cal road ‘melts’ in heat­wave

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

TEM­PER­A­TURES soar­ing close to 30°C have led to some lo­cal roads melt­ing’

The heat­wave has meant that West Lan­cashire has been hot­ter than the Ba­hamas at times.

What was dubbed “Melt­down Mon­day” had se­vere con­se­quences for Tay­lor Meany­gate, a road in Hes­keth Bank, near South­port.

Tay­lor Meany­gate was un­able to stand the heat – and pic­tures that were taken by a driver, and shared on so­cial me­dia, showed that the tar had bub­bled up and peeled away from the road.

Tyre tracks can clearly be seen along the road where driv­ers have strug­gled to make their way through the melted tar­mac.

One res­i­dent com­mented on the pho­to­graphs and de­scribed trav­el­ling down the road as like “driv­ing through a pud­dle of tar” while an­other said that melted tar had cov­ered her car.

Rid­wan Musa, high­ways man­ager for Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, said: “In longer pe­ri­ods of hot weather, such as the con­di­tions we’ve seen in Lan­cashire in the last few days, some ma­te­ri­als used to con­struct the road can soften and run up through the sur­face in di­rect sun­light.

“This mainly hap­pens on roads that have had sur­face treat­ments more re­cently. How­ever, it does not cause long-term dam­age.”

Ms Musa added: “We’ve spread a hard­stone gran­ite dust on the af­fected ar­eas to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing.”

But some res­i­dents com­mented on the post, won­der­ing how long the re­pair would last.

And as more hot air pushed north from France and Spain, an am­ber level 3 Gov­ern­ment heat health warn­ing – one tier be­low a level 4 national emer­gency – was is­sued.

Top left: the melted road at Tay­lors Meany­gate, Hes­keth on Mon­day Top right, gran­ite dust is used to set the tar as a short term fix Above, mark­ings in the road Left, melted tar which crossed the width of the road

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