posted on Apr, 1 2016 @ 01:07 AM
As a guide potholes become reportable safety defects when they reach a depth of 40mm and are wide enough to impact a tyre. Some councils (like my
local council) as a money saving measure have upped the intervention level depth to 60mm!!! On an A class road that is pretty dangerous.
Roads are inspected routinely, from my experience, monthly, three monthly or six monthly depending on the route, road class and whether it is a bus
Outwith routine inspections there are ad-hoc inspections resulting from members of the public reporting safety defects usually via the council website
or contact centre. Once reported the inspector has 5 working days to investigate and when a pothole is deemed reportable it is issued as a job for
operations. They then have 5 working days to repair the defect if it is a category B and 24hours if it is deemed a category A. Cones are usually left
when the defect is very deep/large or hidden underwater.
A lot of the problems stem from drainage problems and ponding and not helped by bouts of frost and ever increasing amounts of larger and larger
vehicles (lorries) and farm vehicles which a lot of roads, when originally built, did not have using them.
It certainly has been a battle over this winter with the huge amount of rain we have had and ever increasing cuts make larger area patching less
Potholes, in my area, cost around £37 each for one that is less than 1 Sqm. Hope this information has been helpful.
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CthulhuMythos because: (no reason given)