Why repaint St Albans road prior to resurfacing?

The newly resurfaced Hatfield Road roundabouts.

The newly resurfaced Hatfield Road roundabouts. - Credit: Archant

Council contractors repainted keep clear signs on Hatfield Road a month before the road was completely resurfaced

A cost-conscious commuter has responded angrily to the wasteful use of taxpayer funds to repaint a road a month before it was resurfaced.

A ‘Keep Clear’ warning was painted near on the A1057, near the Hatfield Road roundabouts at its junctions with Upper Marlborough Road and St Peter’s Road.

But, about a month after repainting the surface, Ringway, contracted by Herts county council to carry out road repairs, resurfaced Hatfield Road, completely covering the fresh new markings.

An annoyed motorist contacted the Herts Advertiser and asked: “Why did they bother repainting it before they resurfaced it?

“There’s no joined-up thinking.”

Kevin Carrol, Ringway divisional manager, said: “The ‘Keep Clear’ markings were repainted as part of a large scale re-lining programme taking place across the county.

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“We have worked to avoid roads that are soon to be resurfaced but in this case this was not picked up during our planning and we apologise for this error.”