THE PERFORMANCE of utility companies who dig up the city’s roads to make repairs and improvements to their infrastructure continues to be of a high standard.
Work by Openreach (BT), Scotland Gas Networks, Scottish & Southern Energy, Scottish Water and Virgin Media is randomly checked two ways by council staff after works have been carried out.
Mark Flynn deputy convener of Dundee City Council's city development committee said: "The programme combining visual inspections and taking core samples of reinstatements after utility companies have finished work on their plant and equipment is an effective way of checking the state they leave the road surface in.
“Over the past few years while only a small proportion of the work done by these utilities is inspected, they don’t know where and when we will choose to do it, so the general standard has increased up to what is now quite an acceptable level
“Obviously there are still a few exceptions but the inspection regime is a good way of keeping a close eye on the quality and resilience of reinstatement work.”
Utility companies' reinstatements can be subject to a visual sample inspection at three different stages during the works; or the local coring programme which is a physical core that is measured and assessed; or the national coring programme undertaken by all roads authorities in Scotland.
Using these methods, engineering staff identify problems to determine what is happening locally and compare it with previous results and national practices.
On visual samples there was a 98% pass rate in 2016/17, broadly in line with the past five years. The national coring programme showed a 94% pass rate.
The city development committee will discuss the results on Monday (August 21).
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