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POTHOLE POUNDS: Hertfordshire roads to benefit from government money

 Published on: 17th November 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is expecting to benefit from a share of the government’s allocation of £2.8billion for potholes and resurfacing, announced today (November 17).

HCC has also revealed that since the beginning of June 2023, when they were allocated an additional £4million from central government, nearly 20,000 extra potholes have been repaired.

New pothole equipment and techniques are also being trialled. These include the JCB Pothole Pro, which is designed to cut the road surface where a pothole has formed to allow for a watertight repair. It brushes up and collects the waste material, with a team then completing the work.

Thermal patching is another new method, which is less noisy and heats the surface before mixing the existing road material with an amount of new asphalt and then being compacted.

Pothole Pro allows for repairs to take place quickly and works especially well on large areas, while thermal patching is useful to use at night-time or where works need to be undertaken in restricted hours.

These techniques, plus other methods such as spray injection patching and roadmender, aim to repair the pothole permanently, helping to extend the lifespan of the road.

Road surfaces across the county have suffered from exceptional damage in the last 12 months due to snow, ice and heavy rainfall, resulting in an increase in potholes.

Councillor Phil Bibby, executive member for highways and transport at HCC, said: “We know that the condition and safety of our roads and cycleways really matter to our residents, and it matters to us too. We’ve got some of the best roads in the country and this extra boost in funding will help us ensure that Hertfordshire has the infrastructure our communities need. We’ll continue to prioritise work where the work is needed and will make the greatest impact to keep our county moving.”

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