Pothole 'visible from space' fixed ... for the time being

ROADS chiefs have carried out a "temporary repair" to a roundabout that had become so damaged by traffic the hole in the road could be seen on Google's satellite maps.

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Web caption The hole in the road could be seen on Google maps
Web caption The hole in the road could be seen on Google maps

After the Evening Times published an article highlighting the damage, the council sent in workmen and a temporary repair was carried out.

Royal Mail delivery trucks were blamed for the crumbling state of the road in Springburn.

The damage was so bad it could be seen without a great deal of magnification on images taken for Google maps.

Google uses both satellite and aerial photography to compile its online maps, so the damage could probably be seen from outer space.

The affected stretch in Turner Road is outside a busy Royal Mail sorting office and the high volume of traffic has taken its toll on the road surface.

The street is also used as a rat run for drivers using nearby Tesco and Costco stores.

And a week after the Evening Times revealed the scale of the damage, a Glasgow City Council spokesman said: "Temporary repair work was carried out to the roundabout.

"As previously highlighted, it is undoubtedly true that frequent use by heavy vehicles will take a toll on the road – particularly where they cut across obstacles, such as roundabouts, rather than using them properly.

"Bitumen materials have been temporarily applied to the damaged areas.

"An order is being prepared to replace the rest of the paving stones with asphalt and thermal plastics."

Royal Mail said the roundabout is subject to use by heavy goods vehicle traffic from "a number of outlets both sited within and outside the industrial estate."

A spokesman said: "Royal Mail has contacted the local authority helpline on a number of occasions to bring this matter to their attention."

The Evening Times Pothole Watch campaign has been charting the state of the city's roads and has received thousands of complaints from readers about the state of local roads.

We have exposed the damage done to city centre streets by utility firms digging up roads and failing to repair them properly.

And the problem does not just affect motorists – we've told of difficulties faced by cyclists and even pedestrians hit by flying pieces of road surface.

ewan.fergus@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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