Pothole Blitz 2016

Aug 03, 2016

Pothole Blitz 2016

Having ‘declared war on potholes’ earlier this year, Kent County Council has commissioned Commercial Services to carry out this essential work.

Potholes are usually caused by heavily trafficked roads or the repeated freezing and thawing of the road which results in the surface breaking up. Once it has been identified and KCC is aware of the pothole, the damage will be prioritised according to severity and location and the P4 and P5* work will be programmed in to be carried out by one of Direct Services’ Pothole teams.

In 2015, KCC repaired 27,000 potholes. Each day, there are 8-12 Direct Services’ pothole teams (40-50 operatives) working on Kent’s roads carrying out projects that include repairing square-cut potholes and patching larger areas with multiple potholes. Each team can complete around 30 meters of potholes/patching a day.

With over 5,300 miles of roads in Kent to maintain, KCC relies on members of the public to report the potholes, ideally using the online interactive map at www.kent.gov.uk. To encourage more people to use the online reporting system, KCC sent a crew to film one of the pothole teams at work in Hawkinge in July.

Pothole Blitz Project Manager Dennis Coe and Team Manager Tony Tisdale worked with KCC to highlight the repair process for the film. On Day 1, temporary traffic lights are installed and the top layer of road is planed and removed. On day 2 the excavated area is resurfaced with the binder course at 60mm leaving 40mm of surface course to relay on the same day. On day 3, the areas that have been resurfaced will have new road markings reinstalled and any areas that need refreshing will be carried out at the same time ensuring the road is left in clean and tidy state.

As part of the new contract, Direct Services will be working with local businesses, providing specialist vehicles and equipment and also gangs of skilled workers. The Commercial Services IT team has also developed an App which allows the managers and operatives on site to view the job details on their phones and tablets rather than using paper- based processes.

* Pothole facts

When KCC Highways are made aware of a pothole, it will be classified according to its level of severity:

P1 – a defect which is likely to cause immediate and significant harm to pedestrian/road user and has a response time of two hours. These are potholes that are usually more than 100mm deep and 300mm wide which are located A and heavily-used B roads.

P2 – a defect which is not an immediate high risk but likely to cause significant harm and has a response time of 24 hours.

P3 – a defect which is deemed not to present an immediate or imminent hazard or risk of short term deterioration and has a seven day response.

P4 – a defect of a minor nature that might deteriorate before the next inspection but is not considered an immediate hazard. These are fixed with 28 days or are programmed into works

P5 – non-safety critical and will be programmed in.