ESSEX HIGHWAYS POTHOLE REPAIR PROGRAMME CONTINUES

Essex Highways is taking further decisive action to strengthen the county’s road network and repair potholes caused by the recent heavy rainfall and snow.

Following severe weather extremes last year, Essex County Council invested an additional £11m to improve the condition of the county’s roads,. The first phase of work focused on the number of outstanding defects waiting for repair, with over 40,000 potholes fixed by the end of October 2012.

Phase two of the programme is now getting underway, and focuses on resurfacing and strengthening roads across the county, to ensure that fewer potholes occur in the longer term.

In addition to this, specialist gangs have been mobilised across the county to repair potholes which have formed due to the recent wet weather and snow.

Repairs are being carried out as quickly as possible, and residents can help with this by reporting any potholes they see using the ‘View It, Track It, Report It’ function available at www.essex.gov.uk/highways.

Essex Highways is also using resources to keep drains clear to prevent standing water from spending too long on road surfaces. Waterlogged roads lead to potholes forming as water freezes in small holes already present on the highway, creating larger ones. It is therefore vital that standing water is removed from roads as quickly as possible. Private landowners also have a responsibility to keep their own ditches and watercourses clear.

County Councillor Derrick Louis, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation said: “We are taking decisive action to strengthen our road network and repair potholes as soon as possible. We have just experienced the wettest year on record, and like other local authorities across the UK we are having to deal with the damage this has caused to our roads. Residents can assist us with this by reporting potholes to us as soon as they appear.”

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