02 Mar No of Hertfordshire Potholes Rises By 50%
There has been a steep increase in the number of potholes recorded in Hertfordshire this winter, with the extreme weather to blame.
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has revealed 1,841 reports of potholes were made by the public in January 2017, compared with 3,634 during the same month in 2018. This is a rise of 50 per cent, and is thought to be the result of fluctuating road temperatures to below and above freezing.
Executive member for highways Ralph Sangster said this demonstrates the roads “have had an extremely tough winter”.
HCC has attempted as many pothole repairs as possible, making 66 gritting runs during the season, compared with 44 for the whole of last winter.
Mr Sangster noted more investment is being ploughed into the area’s roads to address the increasing problem of uneven road surfaces, saying: “We are investing an additional £29 million over the next four years to improve the condition of Hertfordshire’s unclassified road network – that’s the roads most of us live on, as well as rural lanes.”
He added fixing potholes has been highlighted as a priority over other maintenance issues, such as gully clearing or hedge trimming.
Potholes are a major problem during the cold season, as rainwater that seeps into the road surface expands by nearly ten per cent when it freezes. Therefore, when it melts it fills the cracks it has formed and causes further damage when it freezes again. These cracks widen resulting in large holes in the road’s surface.
It is not just Hertfordshire that has experienced problems with potholes this year, as a Confused.com survey that was published in the Yorkshire Post revealed Yorkshire has almost 93,000 potholes in its highways, roads and lanes.