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Thank you from Essex Highways as some roadworks continue

April 8, 2020 12:44 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

roadworksA big thank you has gone out from Essex Highways to residents for the way they have responded to Government restrictions and keeping road journeys to a minimum as the Covid 19 emergency continues. Records show that there are now far fewer cars and people travelling.

The strong plea from Essex Highways is to 'Please keep it up.'

With strict social distancing rules in place, highways teams are still out on the county's roads making repairs and improvements to keep main routes safe for emergency services, for supplies to move and to enable key workers to carry out their critical roles.

It is important to reassure the public that Essex Highways is very strictly following Government restrictions on social distancing when working on site. Road maintenance has been classified as an essential service. Therefore, temporary new road signs have been issued which explain that staff are delivering critical works and calling on local residents to please respect the teams while they are on-site.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure comments "I remain very grateful to everyone in Essex for staying at home and not using our network except when essential.

"I also remain very proud of the duty our highways teams continue to demonstrate, keeping the roads and pavements in safe working order wherever possible for all of us at this difficult time. Please do give our workers space, for their safety as well as yours - however a friendly wave is always welcome!

"Our work programme is constantly under review as the effects of the lockdown continues. With better weather we would normally be gearing up to carry out many repairs and improvements across the county. We are now carefully looking at our plans and taking into consideration the availability of specialist contractors, staff and materials."

Members of the public are encouraged to continue reporting defects online at

The Essex Highways team is currently experiencing a high volume of calls and so residents are asked not to call unless they spot an urgent road safety issue.

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