‘Find it Fix it’ pothole crews are out in Telford and Wrekin
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Find it Fix it crews will be out in force filling potholes over the coming months after the coldest winter for five years takes its toll on the borough’s roads.
The number of potholes reported over the winter months spiked during the severe weather which lasted from December 2017 through to March 2018. During this period, 2,983 potholes were reported which compares to 847 for the same period the year before.
Potholes are an all too common problem during winter. In cold snaps, the water freezes and expands and then thaws which creates a weak point under the road surface. When traffic travels over this weakened area, the road surface starts to break up and a pothole is eventually formed. This process is then repeated and the pothole can become larger. The snow and ice are the worst conditions because of the constant freezing and thawing that happens.
The Council doubled the number of crews dedicated to fixing potholes over the winter months and has now added another crew so that it can blitz the problem now the weather has settled.
Highways inspectors, who are out on the borough’s roads every day, report potholes they see to the crews for fixing and are asking residents to report any they spot too.
Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “This year we are investing £7.5m in delivering 340 Pride in Our Community schemes to further improve our road network and highways assets across the borough. The safety of our roads is one of our top priorities which is why we are putting in these extra resources. Potholes are a problem across the country, particularly during prolonged cold snaps.
“After the winter we have had, it’s no surprise there’s more potholes, but we are doing all we can to fix them, and ask residents to help by reporting ones they spot to the Council – it’s easier than ever to do by using the Everyday Telford App. So please, if you spot a pothole, report it, so our Find it Fix it crews can sort it.”
Report potholes online at www.telford.gov.uk/potholes or via the free Everyday Telford App. Simply download the App and report potholes as you spot them.