Suffolk County Council has received a cash boost of almost £3million to repair potholes in the county.
The money, a total of £2,944,452, is Suffolk’s share of the government’s allotted £200 million ‘pothole fund’ for local authorities as announced by Chancellor George Osborne in last Wednesday’s Budget.
Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve received almost £3 million to repair our county’s roads after the severe weather we’ve been experiencing in recent months.
“This cash boost will allow us to extend on our already comprehensive roads maintenance programme, bringing benefit to all Suffolk road users.”
Contractor KierMG is to undertake the work as instructed by the county council, which prioritises ‘serious and dangerous potholes’ in order of severity.
Cllr Newman said: “Under this new contract, established last year, KierMG staff have worked tirelessly throughout a very busy season to deal with some of the extreme weather events experienced across Suffolk.
“When it comes to road defects such as potholes, a consistent approach is taken across the whole county. No one area is more important than another – if the defect is posing a significant safety issue to the public this will be dealt with as a matter of priority.”
He added: “We encourage all who come across a defect in the road to report it immediately via our online reporting system or over the phone.”
Potholes and road defects are registered with highways in two ways, through regular inspections of roads by the highways service and by the reporting system which the council relies on members of the public to use.
In some areas, extreme rainfall has caused such high levels of ground saturation that the council has had to address defects with a temporary repair. Once the road surface has had time to dry out, it says it will be better placed to lay a more permanent repair.