Pothole blasting patcher arrives in Gloucestershire
A special 'roadmaster' patcher is blasting potholes in local roads.
A new trial is taking place on Gloucestershire roads this month with the introduction of a special 'spray injected patcher' which repairs potholes by injecting, under pressure, a mixture of bitumen and aggregate into the pothole at the same time.
This is the first time a roadmaster patcher has been used in the county and the machine only needs one person to operate it.
Once a pothole has been filled the area is swept before moving onto the next.
The patcher can make more than 5m3 of repairs a day without the need to return to a depot and there is no wastage of the material used.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highway said, "It's exciting to see the arrival of the roadmaster, this is the first time we've used one in Gloucestershire. It's a really innovative way to repair potholes and I hope the trial will be very successful. I've seen it in action myself and I'm impressed by how many repairs it can make in one day."
So far the patcher has visited areas in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Moreton Valence.
If the trial is successful it could be used in other parts of the county.
The county council's highway crews work around the clock every day of the year to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving. Anyone on Twitter can follow @GlosRoads to find out what is being worked on at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 for the latest updates.
If you spot a problem you can report it online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/reportit.