Patching up problem potholes

Northumberland County Council is taking positive steps to deal with potholes that have formed in roads across the county during the snow and icy conditions in November, December and early January.'''Potholes are being repaired using a variety of techniques and materials with the council aiming to provide both quick and permanent repairs as soon as possible. '''Along with its own dedicated highways teams it has employed Velocity - a company specialising in pothole repairs.  Velocity is a patching machine which uses compressed air to fill the pothole with a mixture of stone aggregate and bitumen, creating a permanent repair.'.
Northumberland County Council is taking positive steps to deal with potholes that have formed in roads across the county during the snow and icy conditions in November, December and early January.'''Potholes are being repaired using a variety of techniques and materials with the council aiming to provide both quick and permanent repairs as soon as possible. '''Along with its own dedicated highways teams it has employed Velocity - a company specialising in pothole repairs. Velocity is a patching machine which uses compressed air to fill the pothole with a mixture of stone aggregate and bitumen, creating a permanent repair.'.
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PROBLEM potholes are being patched up across Northumberland at a rate of up to 800 a week.

Highways teams from Northumberland County Council have surveyed nearly all the area’s A and B roads and footways to assess the damage from the recent severe winter weather.

In some parts of the county the full extent of the problem is still to be realised as ground temperatures have only recently risen above freezing, and inspections are likely to go on well into this month.

However, work is well under way to fix the holes, providing both quick and permanent repairs as soon as possible.

As well as its own teams, the council is using specialist Velocity patching machines, which use compressed air to fill potholes with a mix of stone aggregate and bitumen.

Council Executive Member for Highways Alan Armstrong said: “We are committed to proactively managing our 5,000km of highway network in Northumberland.

“We are filling around 750 to 800 potholes each week at present and our teams will continue to focus on this important work until holes are made safe and we can prevent further deterioration, along with avoiding damage to vehicles and any possible injury to pedestrians and cyclists.

“I would encourage members of the public to report potholes or damage to roads as soon as they can.”

To report potholes, call 0845 6006400, or email environment@northumberland.gov.uk