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27 April 2010, 13:25
Gloucestershire County Council say they have now repaired more than 33,000 potholes as part of Operation Road Rescue.
In the past week, 2787 potholes were filled by 70 teams from Gloucestershire Highways to bring the running total up to 33,245 fixed since January 25th.
Teams have been out around the county repairing potholes, patching and resurfacing roads that were badly damaged during the freezing weather.
An extra 30% highways staff have been diverted into dealing with problems out on the streets to get the damage repaired as quickly as possible.
Last week they undertook 5863m2 of patching across the county:
Pike Road (A40 to A436),Hazleton
Broadway Lane, South Cerney
Draycott Road, Dursley
The Street, Coaley, Stroud
Malleson Road, Gotherington
A435 Gotherington junction
B4077 Stow Rd, Gretton
Harveys Lane, Winchcombe
Abbots Road, Winchcombe
Operation Road Rescue is taking a three-pronged attack on repairs:
Worst first: For safety we are fixing the most dangerous potholes first, which may mean that some potholes in a street will be repaired while others are left until later. It is essential that we work like this to ensure the most dangerous defects are repaired as quickly as possible. We’re haven’t forgotten the less serious potholes – they will be repaired as soon as the major work is complete.
Patching: In some locations road surfaces have been severely damaged with dozens of potholes caused by the severe weather. Our safety inspection and area teams are prioritising areas where we will be carrying out larger patching works to repair these potholes.
Resurfacing: We’re also in the process of re-prioritising our current resurfacing programme to take into account the damage that has happened due to the recent ice and snow. There is obviously a limited pot of money for major schemes like these so it isn’t possible to resurface every single road in the county.