Record road repairs pave the way for a smooth summer

The county’s roads have been suffering since the Beast from the East paid a visit, and with a record number of potholes being reported the Council’s Highways team have pulled out all the stops to fix them in equally record times.

The county’s roads have been suffering since the Beast from the East paid a visit, and with a record number of potholes being reported the Council’s Highways team have pulled out all the stops to fix them in equally record times.

Fixing the roads is a number one priority and Cambridgeshire County Council is delighted that so many local people are using their online reporting tool – which not only gives them vital information, but allows people to keep an eye on progress.

The public have been fantastic, reporting 8,477 potholes using the online system since 1 January 2018, a massive 50 per cent more than were reported in the whole of last year. In addition to this, Cambridgeshire Highways inspectors are out on the roads every day, identifying more potholes as part of a regular maintenance programme. This means that during the same period the Council have already fixed a remarkable 15,040 potholes across the county.

With 11 dedicated crews on the ground, plus the fiery dragon patcher, more than 1,300 potholes are currently being filled every week, more than the Council has ever done before.  

261 new reports were made by the public in the week to 27 April and with improving weather, and two more dragon patchers due to join the team, the pothole crews hope to soon be ahead of the game.

When potholes are reported each one is inspected and risk assessed, and marked with paint, to prioritise repairs for areas most in need. Some potholes are fixed immediately, if they are a considered a safety risk, while others will be repaired as part of programmed maintenance work.

Depending on the size and location and any safety risk, we commit to deal with potholes between five days and 12 weeks after they are reported but we usually deal with them much quicker.

This year, along with additional government funding, the Council has £6.3m to repair potholes and keep traffic moving safely around the county.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairman of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Mathew Shuter, said, “It has been a challenging time for our crews, especially with the severe weather conditions.

“We hope the weather is now going to improve and the teams are working flat out to deal with the number of potholes that have been reported to us.

“Our aim is always to keep our roads safe and we will look at every pothole that is reported to us and deal with it as quickly as possible.

“I would like to thank the people of Cambridgeshire for their patience and ask them to continue using our online reporting tool.” 

If you know of a pothole that needs fixing, please report it using our online tool.

Pothole crew at work - breaking out the damaged asphalt with a pneumatic drill.


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