Local road ‘melts’ in heatwave
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.