Plans to improve Staffordshire’s roads and help tackle a backlog of 13,000 potholes has been announced today (Wednesday) by Staffordshire County Council.
The new £5m investment will see four pothole “zapping” velocity patching machines working alongside traditional crews to tackle more potholes and carry out wider hotspot patching where there are a number of potholes.
Mark Deaville, the Cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport, said the drive would help the county council get on the “front foot” by helping to clear the backlog of historical low risk potholes – but added that maintaining a huge rural network was always going to be a challenge.
Good roads are important to the county, to residents and to businesses – not just for getting people from A to B, but in growing the economy and linking people to jobs, education and community facilities. We have a huge rural network, stretching out more than 6,000km, and this plan of attack will help get us on the front foot in tackling this ongoing difficult challenge.
We always tackle the high risk potholes as soon as possible and this extra investment will now help us tackle the backlog of lower category, older potholes which are still important to local communities. As well as directly fixing the pothole we will also be carrying out hotspot patching on wider sections where there are a number of defects, so we get the best fix every time with the budget we have available.”
The new investment will see:
- At least an extra 12 additional patching crews
- Four velocity patching machines– working on the pothole repair backlog, surface dressing and routine maintenance. These 18-tonne machines help speed up repairs by blowing debris, priming the road and filling the pothole
- Onsite tarmac manufacturing machine – to deliver better results by preparing hot tarmac as it is needed
We deploy a variety of repair methods depending on the location and the road condition and over the coming months our crews will be out across the county working hard to improve the condition of our roads.”