Countywide blitz launched to tackle surge in potholes
Potholes in Gravesend.
Workers are mounting a countywide blitz on potholes after
sub-zero temperatures and snow played havoc on our roads.
The number of potholes is expected to have risen after the
recent spate of wintry weather.
Now gangs at Kent County Council are launching Find and Fix 2013
- where every fault found is fixed, not just those that are
safety-related. That can amount to up to six times the amount of
work normally done.
Now the authority has dramatically slashed the time
taken to fix a pothole - from an average of 25 days in 2011 to just
14 last year. Those deemed critical are often made safe within the
day, according to KCC figures.
campaign will be launched immediately the weather conditions are
In previous Find and Fix sessions, workers repaired the roads
then sealed and surface-dressed the roads afterwards.
Kent County Council deputy cabinet member for environment,
highways and roads, David Brazier, said: “Despite the recent
increase in the number of potholes, we are not yet at the levels
experienced following the severe winters of 2009/10 and
"This is no doubt partly down to the significant investment we
have made in resurfacing and surface treating our network over the
last few years.
"These treatments seal the roads from water penetration,
extending their life by protecting them from freeze/thaw action
that causes potholes."
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