Friday, 7 January 2011

Repairs To Cold Damaged Roads


By Ben Aulakh

Pothole repair teams have been touring the roads of Worcestershire repairing damage caused by the recent cold snap.

A total of 10 teams have already hit the county’s road network to fix the damage caused by snow and ice, and more gangs have been put on standby by the council.

Cllr Derek Prodger MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Safe Environment said, “We know that this latest bout of severe weather will result in an increase in the number of potholes on our roads.

“This is an inevitable consequence of prolonged freezing weather, but as was the case following last year's cold snap, our gangs will be hitting the roads to tackle the problems.”

Last year's prolonged freezing weather which gripped Worcestershire in January and February meant repair gangs had to sort out around 7,500 defects between the New Year and May alone.

The recent sub-zero temperatures – which dipped to as low as minus 19 in some parts last month – saw potholes being created when water froze on road surfaces, breaking up the tarmac as it expanded.

Cllr Prodger added, “I'd like to encourage anyone that spots a defect to get in touch with us to let us know.”

Residents can report a problem by simply logging on to the dedicated section on our website www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportaproblem, or by giving the Worcestershire Hub a call on 0845 6072005.


Photograph from www.potholes.co.uk

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