A campaign to fix an extra 11,000 weather-related potholes across Staffordshire has been launched in the county today (Thursday).
Highways chiefs have pledged a further £5 million on top of the annual £23.5m roads budget to both help tackle roads damaged during the winter – and help prevent the risk of fresh ones occurring.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport, said the extra investment will help tackle the most urgent repairs across the county.
A bad winter really does takes its toll on the roads and although we still had snow until a few weeks ago we are determined to get back on the front foot in tackling repairs.
In a county as huge as Staffordshire we do have to prioritise repairs on our busiest roads where they pose the biggest risk to members of the public and this further investment on top of the extra £5m last year will help us rise to the challenge.
Good roads are important to the council, to the economy and to our communities and I would ask people to bear with us as our crews are out and about over the spring/summer doing as much as they can to fix the potholes.”
The new extra £5m investment will see:
• Four pothole “zapping” machines– working alongside crews on the pothole, surface dressing and routine maintenance. These 18-tonne machines help speed up repairs by blowing debris, priming the road and filling the pothole
• A dozen additional patching crews
• Around 50,000m2 of additional pothole patching which equates to c11,000 repairs on top of the 20,000 in a typical year.
• Drainage improvement works – targeted towards locations of known drainage problems contributing to pothole numbers
• Extra surface dressing of roads – to help make them more resilient
The county council is also finalising its annual of structural programme of resurfacing works to help improve the network further.
People can go online or download the mystaffsapp to report a pothole. The very urgent potholes are normally fixed within 24 hours and are classed as category one. Other urgent category 2 potholes are tackled in seven days where possible
Category three repairs, which are often on little used very rural roads, are addressed once the more urgent repairs are carried out.