Call for summer maintenance blitz to prevent potholes

Councils are being urged to use the remainder of the summer as a window of opportunity to carry out necessary road maintenance to prevent another winter of pothole misery.

The Road Surface Treatments Association points out the ability to carry out road surfacing maintenance is often dependent upon prevailing  weather conditions and that the summer through to early autumn provides the best time to undertake works.

The association said there is the added benefit, particularly relevant during this time of budgetary cutbacks, that planned road maintenance costs considerably less than emergency pothole repair.

RSTA chief executive Howard Robinson said: “Councils should now be undertaking their programmes of road maintenance if they are to prevent the pothole plague that resulted   from last winter. A well-maintained road is better able to withstand the rigours of a severe winter.

“Proper long-term maintenance offers far better value than short-term repairs. It costs only £2 per m2 to surface dress and maintain a road but costs £75 per m2 to repair potholes. Hoping that the road will last through the winter and then be faced with hefty pothole repair bills make no economic sense.”  

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