£150million funding reaching the fifth year
The £150million funding for Gloucestershire highways is due to conclude it’s fourth year at the end of March and it’s been a successful few years.
The campaign has seen over 500,000 tonnes of tarmac used on the county’s roads enough to fill over 31,000 lorries and cover 17 per cent of the roads. In addition to this 130,000 potholes have been filled, but it’s a constant battle to keep on top of the issue.
During the cold weather the impact on roads can be much worse, as the freezing effect can lead to potholes over time. This is why Gloucestershire County Council is putting on an extra 15 highways gangs on to tackle potholes after the recent cold spell.
Cllr Vernon Smith, Cabinet member for highways and flooding, said, “We’ve put a huge amount into our roads over the past four years and focussed on consistent resurfacing. This is the best way to tackle potholes long term, but there is still a need to get out there and deal with potholes especially at this time of year.”
He continued, “This is why we’ve put on an extra 15 gangs to rapidly tackle these winter issues. Residents play a huge part in letting us know where these potholes are. They can easily be reported at our website and we get out to them as quickly as possible.”
Reporting potholes is easy and can be done of the county council website www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/report-it