Council apology after roadworks mix-up causes gridlock
August 16, 2012
Council bosses have apologised to irate drivers who were stuck in tailbacks after a mix-up over roadworks at a major roundabout.
Bracknell Forest Council has been carrying out resurfacing work around the Hanworth roundabout in Mill Lane.
The roundabout has been closed during off-peak hours for the work to be carried out and then re-opened at 4pm to reduce disruption to rush hour traffic.
But on Wednesday, August 8, the contractors carrying out the work received a late delivery of materials, forcing resurfacing work to be delayed.
The council explained because the road surface is heated to temperatures of more than 100 degrees Celsius, the surface has to cool down before cars can drive on it.
As a result the road did not re-open until around 6pm – in the middle of the rush hour.
Drivers took to Facebook and Twitter to complain about the delayed reopening after they were stuck around Bracknell town centre for ‘hours’
The work has now finished but Anthony Radford-Foley, head of highways asset management, said: “We would like to apologise to drivers who were caught in the traffic in Bracknell for any delays experienced and any inconvenience it may have caused them.”