AndersonM Cllr Mark Anderson, a Conservative councillor on Bournemouth on how his local authority is beating the potholes.

The recent spell of cold weather has had an adverse affect on the road conditions across the country as reported nationally, resulting in a huge number of potholes and the rapid deterioration in some road surfaces this has been exasperated by the lack of support and funding for road repairs and maintenance by central government.

Bournemouth Borough Council’s ruling Conservative group have decided that the situation in Bournemouth is so dire that something needs to be done and has allocated £2.5 million pounds from LTP and a VAT windfall to do this work.

The work will consist of some resurfacing and repairs to potholes and the refreshing of road markings and will start in April. We also hope to use some of the more innovative road repair techniques such as the infrared red patching process and velocity patching.

The velocity system works by essentially mixing bitumen and aggregate and then blowing this at high velocity into the pothole, we are going to use this system on the more rural areas of Bournemouth and if anyone is interested view the company’s website and a video showing the system in action.

The Infrared system we are using heats the road surface to 180 C, the tarmac is then ready for recycling and is mixed with a small amount of fresh material to fill the depressions and a rejuvenating liquid. It has been in use in America since 1983, it recycles ALL materials in-situ and also has the advantage that the patches last longer and there is less damage to the adjacent surface.

The resurfacing work will take place on several roads where our annual surveys has revealed the roads to have reached their end of life, we are hoping to maximise the work we can do by discrete rebuilding only where they have collapsed and then a planning and reshaping exercise. We hope that this will reduce the costs per road section to a more manageable figure.

We have also switched to using Safecote treated salt on our roads, this has several significant advantages. The main one for us are it helps reduce road surface damage so hopefully helping reduce the number of potholes. It also reduces concrete spalling and vehicle corrosion along with providing better road surface coating and a reduced environmental impact. We have used it over the last two winters and have found it to be very effective.

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