Repair blitz sees 6,000 potholes filled in Staffordshire
19/05/2011 Highways Reporters
Staffordshire council is sending its pothole patrols out onto the streets for another month after 6,000 potholes were filled during a ten week blitz on defective roads.
The county’s highways chief Mike Maryon has confirmed that the team will be out in force for an extra four weeks.
The highways team repaired more than 6,000 defects during the initial 10 week project.
The investment came in the wake of freezing weather conditions which saw the roads ravaged during the coldest December since records began.
All available resources were drafted in to deal with the situation as the county council and the Government invested an extra £6m this year to help repair the damage.
This was on top of the £30m that Staffordshire committed to road improvements over a four year period.
The extra money will also fund a range of additional preventative and reconstruction works to put the roads in better shape to withstand harsh winters and be less prone to defects.
County Councillor Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "People regularly tell me that potholes are one of the most important issues to them on a local level.
"Having a good quality road infrastructure plays a major role in the county’s economy and I am determined to get Staffordshire’s roads in as good condition as possible, given the funding available.
"Between the county council and the Government we have pledged £6m of extra funding this year to tackle potholes and carry out vital structural maintenance to try to prevent further problems in the future. This is essential work which will benefit residents, visitors and businesses in the county.
"The extra investment strengthens our long term strategy to significantly improve our roads. In 2009 I committed to providing an additional £30m over a four year period, virtually doubling the annual road maintenance budget.
"Investment in the county’s roads now will reap benefits in the future, providing good value for money for taxpayers."