A recent request to report the locations of potholes, following the adverse period of winter weather, has proven a success, says Cheshire East Council.
The Authority has now received thousands of reports of potholes across the area.
Due to the large number of potholes, additional resources have been brought in to help with the repairs.
From January there has been a 100% increase in pothole reports for the same period last year, with a large amount of calls still being recorded daily.
The majority of the potholes have formed following the severe weather conditions experienced across Cheshire East in December and January. This has left roads exposed to ‘freeze-thaw’ damage. This is when water seeps into cracks in the road and is frozen. It then expands, causing the surface of the road to break up and in some cases cause potholes to form.
As a result of this, there are many potholes which have yet to be repaired. Resources are being diverted to deal with the most serious defects.
Cheshire East Council Head of Environmental Services, Phil Sherratt, said
“I would like to thank all those local residents who have taken the time to report potholes. There is no doubt the weather over the past two months has caused significant damage which will take many months and considerable resources to rectify.”
“I would urge local residents to remain vigilant and continue to report potholes.”
“Such are the number now logged in our system; we have to continually re-prioritise our works. Safety of our highway network is paramount and we will continue to do our utmost to react to resident’s requests.”
Local residents can report potholes to Cheshire East Council on 0845 002 0666 or online by going to cheshireeast.gov.uk