Talking West Cheshire

Council begins pothole survey

15 January 2010

Cheshire West and Chester engineers have begun to assess the damage caused to the Borough’s road network by the worst weather conditions in thirty years.

But it is feared that the full extent of the repairs needed to 1,400 miles of road in West Cheshire will not be fully evident for some time.

Said Cllr Neil Ritchie, Environment Executive Member: "Potholes are formed due to water entering cracks in the road, which then freezes and expands causing the surface to break up.

"But due to the freeze/thaw conditions currently being experienced it may take several months for full extent of the damage to be revealed."

The Council is currently earmarking extra financial resources to deal with the damage which is likely to be severe in some areas.

In a typical year Cheshire West and Chester Council's engineers would expect to repair around 4,000 potholes.

Said Council Leader Cllr Mike Jones: "We expect the cost of repairs to rise considerably this year because of the unprecedented weather conditions and the authority is already examining alternative ways of funding the increase."

Should the public wish to report any potholes or other highway defects they can do so via the highways fault reporting page.