dragon' is council's new weapon to slay local potholes!
fire-breathing 'dragon' is the latest weapon being used to slay
potholes in the Burnham-On-Sea area and other parts of Somerset.
'dragon patcher' so called because it uses flames to dry
and heat the road surface is currently on trial across the
County Council and its highways contractor Skanska are using the
new high-tech equipment to reduce costs and improve services.
is claimed to be five times faster than a traditional patching gang
and can be controlled by one operator.
well as simply filling potholes, it can also be used to treat sections
of road with cracks or minor deterioration to prevent potholes forming
it uses the flames to dry and heat the road surface. Then it sprays
hot bitumen and layers of stone directly into the defect. It can
also clean and sweep the road.
Cllr John Woodman, who is Somerset County Councils Cabinet
Member for Highways, said: "Somerset has a long association
with dragons and wyverns but Im pretty confident this is the
first time a dragon has been used in the county for road maintenance
certainly an impressive piece of kit it moves along the road
rapidly and also gives us another option by treating roads to stop
now need to keep a close eye on the repairs and see how they compare
with traditional techniques in offering the best solution for Somerset
added that if it's judged a success, it is likely the 'dragon' will
return for another longer trial next year.
County Council currently prioritises preventative measures to tackle
potholes and prevent them forming.
a direct result of this policy, the number of potholes requiring
attention fell from 27,479 in 2010 to 19,717 in 2016.
new highways maintenance contract with Skanska which began in April
2017 also includes a contractual commitment for a reduction in the
number of potholes over the length of the contract.
you spot a pothole, report it via the Drive section at www.travelsomerset.co.uk
so the council can inspect and take appropriate action.
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