road bosses vow to tackle potholes following big freeze
five specialist pothole teams are being deployed by Somerset County
Council to tackle potholes after the end of the big freeze.
One effect of the icy weather is to raise the surface of the road
slightly and when the freeze ends, the road's foundations return
to their original level, but the tarmac can develop cracks and
turn into potholes.
Somerset County Council will be carrying out its regular road
inspections, but is also calling upon members of the public to
report new potholes. This can be done by ringing 0845 345 9155.
Councillor Anthony Trollope-Bellew, Somerset County Councils
Cabinet Member for the Environment, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
cold spell put great strain on our gritting teams, and now the
warmer weather will see us shift our efforts to repairing potholes.
Were doing our utmost to make sure that our roads are safe
and urge the public to help us with this by reporting any potholes
that have developed as a result of the cold weather."
pothole that is reported is inspected by the Council to establish
how severe it is. Repairs are then scheduled according to the
type of road and the size of the pothole. This means that the
most dangerous potholes and those on main roads will be fixed
as a priority.
the last bout of cold weather in December, 737 potholes were identified
that needed repair. A further 217 potholes that also needed fixing
were reported by members of the public across Somerset.
above is a pot hole in Adam Street in Burnham-On-Sea last year