Resurfacing major roads first should be the priority

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Yesterday I went for a walk at Redmires dams. I was astonished to find that the road had been completely resurfaced, virtually all the way from The Sportsman to the start of the old Roman road. I now understand that this took place last year.

I know that the surface was in a bad state but I cannot understand how any decision- making process would give priority to a complete resurfacing of this road over, for example, Crookes, School Road or parts of Sandygate Road.

All these are major thoroughfares with, in the case of Crookes, traffic densities of two orders of magnitude greater. (At least)

In the walk taking me 40 minutes past the dams, 14 cars passed me.

Standing on Crookes (not in rush hour) 47 vehicles went past me in 1 minute. A ratio of 134:1, implying at least twice that at rush hour.

In a similar vein, I recall a large swathe of the streets of upper Crookes being resurfaced two years ago.

This was when the Crookes bus route was in a worse state of repair than these side roads and again with much more traffic.

As an operational research scientist, I find this a completely misdirected use of scarce funds that ignores the principles of utility optimisation and cost benefit analysis. (Not to mention common sense.)

In terms of maximising public utility, resurfacing main roads before side roads offers maximum benefit to the maximum number of people.

I know that many side streets are in bad condition but surely main thoroughfares should and must be given priority when resurfacing can be done. In particular, the road surface along Crookes is becoming increasingly hazardous.

I hope such bad decision-making will not reoccur and that scarce resources are more efficiently utilised for the common good.

David Roberts BSc, PG Dip ID&Planning

Hadfield Street, Walkley, S6