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10,000 potholes repaired in West Sussex so far this year

Potholes have been targeted by the county council.

Potholes have been targeted by the county council.

Nearly 10,000 potholes have now been repaired by West Sussex County Council since the start of the year.

Ten maintenance gangs, along with six pothole patrol teams, have been out continuously throughout 2014 repairing the holes.

The high level of ground water underneath the road surface has caused problems – with some repairs failing because of it.

The county council comments that it always tries to make a permanent repair.

However, sometimes wet weather dictates a temporary repair must be made.

Temporary repairs are short-term measures to make the road safe.

These repairs are closely monitored and if they fail the council returns to fix the pothole permanently.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “We will always err on the side of safety, which is the reason why we make temporary repairs.

“It is not a question of shoddy workmanship – it is a question of keeping our roads safe during what has proved to be an exceptionally wet time of year.

“If we did these repairs over the summer, we would not be having this problem.”

Anyone can report a pothole online.

Log on to ww.westsussex.gov.uk/ www.westsussex.gov.uk and click the ‘Love West Sussex’ logo on the bottom left hand side of the homepage.

You can report it by smartphone by downloading the free ‘Love West Sussex’ app either via the App stores or from lovewestsussex@westsussex.gov.uk

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The ‘Love West Sussex’ App is only to be used for reporting potholes and defects.

For any other problems regarding potholes, call 01243 642105.

Above and beyond its annual road maintenance programme, this year the county council is also embarking upon its £30m two-year ‘Better Roads Programme’.

Rural and residential roads in West Sussex which need repair are being targeted as part of this scheme.

 

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