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Sometimes for pothole repairs we use a machine called a jet patcher. The machine works by blowing away any water and debris from the affected area. The hole is then primed and built up with a mixture which is made up of aggregate mixed with a special binder.
This repair process is fast and cost effective. The road does not need to be excavated beforehand and because the material is mixed on site there is no waste.
Below is a video of jet patching
How do potholes form?
Potholes usually occur when roads freeze and thaw repeatedly, causing the surface to break up. They appear more frequently in late winter and early spring.
How often do you inspect roads?
Depending on the type of road, the local Highway Steward inspects roads on a driven inspection, either monthly, six monthly or yearly. Alongside our routine inspections the Steward's also carry out inspections when we receive reports from the public.
How do you decide whether a pothole should be repaired or not?
We have set standards for what we can and cannot repair. All of our policy documents can be found on the Highway Asset Management page of our website.
How do you repair potholes?
Firstly the pothole is inspected by the local Highway Steward to see if it is at a level to which we would repair it. If the pothole requires a repair, the Steward raises a works order for the pothole to be scheduled.
Once the pothole has been scheduled, the gang arrive to the site on the scheduled date. In most instances the pothole is dug out, the edges are sealed to stop water entering and the hole is filled with tarmac. Sometimes you may see a pothole which has just been filled and not cut out. This is known as a temporary repair. We carry out temporary repairs when it is too wet or if the gang does not have the correct traffic management to carry out the work safely. The gang return at a later date to cut, fill and seal the pothole.
Why hasn’t the pothole been repaired?
There is usually a reason why a reported pothole hasn't been repaired:
- If the pothole has been inspected by a Highway Steward and is not deemed to be a safety defect
- If there is an underlying problem with the road surface which needs to be investigated
- If we need to organise traffic management, for example: traffic lights or a temporary road closure so that we can carry out the repairs safely
How do I report a pothole?
To report a pothole, please click here.
When reporting a pothole please be as detailed as you can in your description and let us know:
- Where is it? we will need the road name, town, nearby landmarks or house numbers
- Roughly, how big is it? For example is it the size of a football or a dinner plate?
- Approximately, how deep was the pothole?
- Please provide your contact details in case we need more information or the Highway Steward has difficulty locating the pothole.
When will you repair the pothole in the road?
When we carry out a repair is dependent on the size of the pothole. Below are some examples of time frames:
When will you repair the footway?
When we carry out repairs to the footway such as change in surface, dislodged kerb, trip or pothole, it is dependent on the size and location. Below are some examples:
- Areas which are greater than 40mm deep and at least 200mm wide in all directions are made safe or repaired within 2 hours
- Areas which are greater than 30mm and less than 39mm deep and at least 200mm in all directions are made safe or repaired within 5 days
- Areas which are greater than 20mm and less than 29mm deep and at least 200mm in all directions are made safe or repaired within 28 days
How often do you inspect the roads?
Depending on the type of road, the local Highway Steward inspects roads on a driven inspection either monthly, six monthly or yearly. Alongside our routine inspections the Highway Steward's also carry out inspections when we receive reports from the public.