Preventing potholes this winter

Published: 10 Dec 2018

Hertfordshire’s roads are being prepared for winter with a programme of patching and resurfacing ahead of the winter, the time when most potholes form.

After a harsh winter last year, when the county’s roads were badly affected by the repeated periods of freezing weather, Hertfordshire County Council’s highways team have fixed almost 24,000 potholes so far this year.

With another winter fast approaching, highways teams are busy patching and resurfacing roads across the county to seal the surfaces and help stop potholes forming.

By the end of October, highways teams had:
• Fixed 23,802 potholes
• Jet-patched 36,000m2 of road to fix smaller problems and prevent potholes forming
• Given 1,000 sections of road a new surface

More maintenance and repair work will be carried out during November and December.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We know that the state of the county’s roads really matters to our residents, and this work will improve road surfaces and help stop potholes forming if we get freezing weather again this winter.

“Our engineers and contractors have done a great job fixing potholes since last winter, but the priority for us is to prevent them forming in the first place.”

“We’re investing nearly £40m in maintaining and improving our highways network this financial year and while we can’t do everything, this preventative work, along with other resurfacing and the regular repairs we do, will make a real difference to the condition of roads across the county.”