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Bedford Borough Council tackling Potholes

 

Following last week’s unprecedented weather conditions, Bedford Borough Council’s Highways team is once again out in full strength to tackle the Borough’s potholes.

 

Due to sub-zero temperatures last week and snowy and icy conditions, the Council had to reallocate some staff to undertake snow clearance and secondary gritting runs. No pothole repairs were made last week as under cold weather conditions (below 3C) the material used to fill the pothole cools too quickly making it very difficult to form a lasting repair.

 

However, thanks to the improvements in weather temperatures, the highways team currently has three units on the roads carrying out swift, high quality repairs to potholes reported by local residents.

 

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said: “In 2017, we fixed 3954 potholes. We know that keeping our roads clear and safe is important to our residents so the Council is continually looking into ways to keep our borough roads moving. Any residents who wish to report potholes may do so online via www.bedford.gov.uk/highwayshelpdesk

 

Potholes are graded by severity and risk of damage given their depth and location within the carriageway. The Council takes a risk-based approach to repairing potholes to determine a suitable response and timeframe for the pothole to be repaired.  

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