Hertfordshire County Council pledges £29m for roads after 50% potholes spike

PUBLISHED: 14:06 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:06 21 February 2018

The county council said bad weather has made the problem worse this winter. Picture: Paul Donatantonio

The county council said bad weather has made the problem worse this winter. Picture: Paul Donatantonio

Paul Donatantonio

There has been a 50 per cent spike in potholes county-wide, Hertfordshire County Council has revealed.

Over 3,600 reports were made by the public during January 2018 compared to 1,841 for the same period in 2017.

However, a council spokeswoman said: “We continue to hit our targets of repairing the most urgent potholes within 24 hours and all others which are considered serious within five to 20 working days.”

She attributed the increase to repeated road temperature fluctuations, resulting in a “freeze and thaw process” – which involves rain water expanding within the concrete.

Executive member for highways, Ralph Sangster, said the local authority will be investing £29million over the next four years to improve Hertfordshire’s unclassified roads.

“We’re also using a high-pressure Jet Patcher system to repair carriageway defects which could turn into potholes if not treated in an even faster and effective way to support the high volume of reports we have received this winter,” he added.

To report a pothole visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/faultreporting/.

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