By Chris Lennon, News editor
Friday, May 11, 2012
WHEN it comes to maintaining roads, Hertfordshire is top of the pots!
For the county council has been praised in a Government review into the number of potholes appearing in roads across the UK.
The Department for Transport-commissioned report highlighted the council’s “prevention is better than cure” approach as a best practice example when dealing with potholes.
Between April last year and this March, 14,570 potholes in Hertfordshire were reported by the public or through regular inspections by engineers.
This was a year-on-year fall of 8,200 reports – at a saving of more than £1.8m.
Rob Smith, the council’s assistant director of transport management, said: “Hertfordshire Highways maintains over 3,000 miles of roads and pavements across the county and providing a good quality road network is of the utmost importance to us.
“This is a testament to the extensive work we carry out to maintain and protect roads to help prevent potholes from forming in the first place.”
He added: “Our roads – like roads all around the country – were seriously damaged by a series of harsh winters.
“By carrying out more permanent repairs and early intervention to the roads, we are now able to reduce the likelihood of potholes appearing which maintains the road surface for longer.”
The Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) Pothole Review had been commissioned to consider the causes, impacts and potential solutions to the national pothole problem.