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Video: What is Operation Road Rescue?


Gloucestershire County Council’s #yourhighways teams have been hard at work this winter and are now driving forward with ‘Operation Road Rescue’ to keep the county moving.

#yourhighways ‘Operation Road Rescue’ will concentrate on fixing the worst potholes first, patching larger clusters of defects and resurfacing routes that have suffered major damage.

Watch Martyn Midgley, area highways manager for Gloucestershire County Council, explain ‘Operation Road Rescue’ here: 

‘Operation Road Rescue’ is a three step process – Worst First, Patching and Resurfacing.

Step One: Worst First – Our teams prioritise the worst potholes first for the safety of road users.

It is essential that we do this to make sure the most dangerous defects are repaired as quickly as possible and could mean that you see some potholes on a road fixed while others are left until later.

We don’t forget the less serious potholes – they will be repaired as soon as the major work is complete and teams are available.

Step Two: Patching – Our teams identify locations that can be repaired through larger patching schemes.

Our safety inspection teams prioritise areas where we carry out patching works to repair larger clusters of potholes. These schemes often require additional patching crews and staff to manage temporary traffic signals for the safety of our workforce and road users.

Step Three: Resurfacing – We regularly re-prioritise the resurfacing programme to take into account the damage from severe weather and heavy traffic flows.

The county council is investing £150 million into our roads, effectively doubling the resurfacing programme over the next four years. This is our biggest ever investment in roads.

There is a limited pot of money for major schemes like these so it isn't possible to resurface every single road in the county.

Repairing the damage to our roads is a mammoth task and one that can cost up to £5 million. We ask that road users please remain patient and remember to drive carefully while our teams work hard to repair the county’s roads and keep Gloucestershire moving.

For more information on #yourhighways you can visit our digital story board here

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