Pot­hole buster goes out on pa­trol

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EMMA CURRY

ROADS chiefs say they hope driv­ers will start to no­tice an im­prove­ment in our roads with a new pot­hole­bust­ing tech­nique pa­trolling the bor­ough.

High speed spray in­jec­tion patch­ing ma­chines make 60 re­pairs a day, boost­ing Lan­cashire County Coun­cil’s ( LCC) abil­ity to tackle pot­holes.

The county hall says its mo­bile pot­hole re­pair teams will con­tinue to fix in­di­vid­ual de­fects re­ported, while the spray in­jec­tion ma­chines are used to find and fix pot­holes on ru­ral roads. They are also able to re­pair mi­nor ar­eas of dam­age to pre­vent them in the first place.

Coun Andrew Snowden, LCC’s lead mem­ber for high­ways, said: “We are de­ter­mined to ad­dress the prob­lems of pot­holes and other road de­fects, which are such a con­cern for peo­ple.

“We’ve got an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of main­te­nance planned for the com­ing months. I’m sure peo­ple will be­gin to see the dif­fer­ence in the con- di­tion of our roads very soon.

“The al­ter­nat­ing spells of wet fol­lowed by cold weather we’ve had over the win­ter have cre­ated the per­fect con­di­tions for pot­holes.

“Our high­way teams have been work­ing in all weath­ers to fix them, but it has been hard go­ing at times as the wet and icy con­di­tions have made it very dif­fi­cult to make last­ing re­pairs.”

He added: “As the warmer weather ar­rives and our an­nual pro­gramme of resur­fac­ing be­gins I hope peo­ple will re­ally see the dif­fer­ence as we get on top of the re­pair back­log and deal with the win­ter dam­age.”

The ma­chines work by us­ing com­pressed air to re­move all dust, de­bris and water from the af­fected area, be­fore a cold bi­tu­men emul­sion is used to seal the de­fect.

An ag­gre­gate mix is then fired in at high speed, with an­other coat­ing of bi­tu­men emul­sion to pre­vent water from get­ting in.

An LCC vote was also due to be held on Thurs­day, April 12 on changes to the way it re­sponds to high­way main­te­nance pri- or­ity is­sues.

A re­port to the cab­i­net rec­om­mends pri­ori­tis­ing re­pairs to prob­lems such as pot­holes, bro­ken drain grates, loose paving, and dam­aged bol­lards on the busiest roads and pave­ments.

Re­sponse times will vary ac­cord­ing to risk, with the most se­ri­ous is­sues made safe or fixed within four hours, and re­sponse times for other prob­lems rang­ing from two days to 20 days.

The spray in­jec­tion ma­chine in ac­tion

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