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Highway Inspections

We carry out inspections and surveys on a regular basis to determine the condition of the carriageways and footways within the borough. These inspections fall into the three categories below.

If you identify any damage to the highway, please contact us as soon as possible on 01744 676789 or contactcentre@sthelens.gov.uk or via the St Helens Council mobile app

The network of highways within the borough are inspected on a regular frequency as per the recommendations in "Well-maintained Highways: Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance Management" (January 2009). 

Inspections take account of the provisions of Section 58 of the Highways Act 1980. 

Dependent upon the category of the road, inspections are carried out monthly, three-monthly and six-monthly. 

Any actionable defects identified during these inspections will be repaired as a matter of course. 

Inspectors will also look at the overall condition of roads and put forward recommendations for possible future schemes.

  • Coarse Visual Inspections (CVI) - carried out on the unclassified road network
  • Detailed Visual Inspections (DVI) - carried out on the classified network

The results from these inspections enable us to report on Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPI) and provide a scheme listing for potential future maintenance work.

We carry out SCANNER (Surface Condition Assessment of the National Network of Roads) surveys on the classified road network. Results enable us to report on National Indicators as well as providing scheme lists for potential future maintenance works. 

SCANNER results are backed up by SCRIM (Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine) surveys, which measure the skid resistance on the existing road.