Council crews tackling potholes
|January 10, 2013||Filled under East Riding of Yorkshire Council|
POTHOLE REPAIR CREWS have been doubled in the East Riding as the council tackles the damage caused by one of the wettest years on record in 2012.
Last year saw prolonged and heavy downpours resulting in water affecting the carriageway. During freezing spells the water is turned to ice which expands to break down bonds in the tarmac layers and open up the cracks to form potholes.
Since the beginning of January, the council has doubled the number of pothole response teams to eight and the level of inspections by the council on its most important routes has also been increased to identify those areas in need of most attention.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The infrastructure of the East Riding is a top priority for the council, with the highway network being vital for the local economy and the travelling public.
“The council is responsible for the maintenance of around 3,500 km of highway network and, while the authority takes a pro-active approach to the upkeep of its highways, through extensive surface dressing programmes, responds to hundreds of reports of potholes every year.”
It is anticipated that potholes will continue to be reported and repaired for the next two to three months and will depend largely on prevailing weather conditions. The council is urging motorists to remain vigilant, particularly on more rural roads and when faced with additional hazards in winter conditions.
Residents are asked to report potholes by calling the highways customer care line on 0845 600 1666 or by visiting the council’s website; the council has a special 5-part online form to report them. Potholes can also be reported easily via Fix My Street.
If potholes are not reported – then the council might not know about them and not list them for inspection or repair.