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County council promises to spend additional £5million to tackle pothole problems

Highways bosses have launched a campaign to fix an extra 11,000 potholes.

The drive was launched by Cllr Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for highways and transport, today (April 19).

Officials say an extra £5million is being invested in a bid to tackle roads, including those in Lichfield and Burntwood, damaged during the winter.

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Fisher said: “A bad winter really does takes its toll on the roads and although we still had snow until a few weeks ago we are determined to get back on the front foot in tackling repairs.

“In a county as huge as Staffordshire we do have to prioritise repairs on our busiest roads where they pose the biggest risk to members of the public and this further investment on top of the extra £5m last year will help us rise to the challenge.

“Good roads are important to the council, to the economy and to our communities and I would ask people to bear with us as our crews are out and about over the spring/summer doing as much as they can to fix the potholes.”

The extra £5million will be spent on:

  • Four pothole ‘zapping’ machines.· A dozen additional patching crews.
  • An additional 50,000 sq m of pothole patching, equivalent to 11,000 repairs.
  • Drainage improvement works to prevent potholes forming.
  • Extra surface dressing of roads.

The county council says urgent – so-called category one – potholes are normally fixed within 24 hours, while category two sites are tackled within seven days. Category three repairs, often on little used roads, are tackled once more urgent sites have been dealt with.

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