Monday, 21 February 2011

Council asks public to report potholes

Council highways staff are asking the public to report potholes following the end of the severe cold snap.

Leeds City Council’s highways inspectors are out and about identifying a large number of potholes but due to the size of the city’s road network, they are also relying on the public to provide reports.

Roads that have been resurfaced in recent years have held up well but the severe cold weather last year set back progress causing some serious damage to the city’s 2,000 mile road network.

Any deep and dangerous potholes reported to the council will normally be made safe within 24 hours, less urgent potholes are given a target time of 14 days.

Councillor, Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development, said:

"Our goal is to remove the danger posted by potholes and we would like to reassure the public that we have the systems, workmen and funding in place to deal with this problem.

“Similar to last year, the bad weather has left us with a real problem with the amount of damage to city’s road surfaces. We have to deal with the most dangerous potholes as a matter of urgency, and it is important that we respond speedily to reports from the general public.”

People can report potholes by calling Leeds City Council’s highways team on telephone number: 0113 2224407 or e-mailing: highways@leeds.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

Potholes are caused when water gets into the tarmac which then freezes and expands, pushing the tarmac up from underneath and causing the potholes to develop.

The pothole to can develop long after snow has disappeared as traffic causes the loosened tarmac to break up.

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