Kent County Council is declaring war on potholes in the county and pumping £3 million into the cause.
The council intends to fight them on the avenues, the streets and the lanes, with the warmer weather allowing a permanent first-time fix.
The authority will be targeting the damage with either square-cut pothole repairs, or larger areas of patching.
Where possible, the fix will then be protected by surface dressing the whole road in the near future, to prevent damage by the next winter weather.
Lines and verges will also receive a spruce up.
Announcing the blitz at today’s County Council meeting, Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter said it will start in mid-June and will be carried out on a district-by-district basis.
Since December, Kent County Council has filled over 11,000 potholes at a cost of more than £400,000.
In addition, more than 8,000m2 of patching has been carried out, which will include pothole repairs.
KCC still needs you – reporting potholes online is still the quickest and easiest way to alert crews to damage to the roads.
Once reported, it will be inspected by a local crew and if work is necessary, it will be programmed in to be fixed.
In the last year, 23,983 potholes were repaired at a cost of £1.3 million and 5,281m2 of patching was also carried out to repair potholes at a cost of £6.8 million.
There is a defect intervention level of 50mm depth for carriageway potholes.
The test of whether or not a defect is dangerous is not simply a question of mechanical measurement; but also whether there is a risk to all highway users.
Judgement considers the circumstances of the defect such as its location, usage and, where necessary, the inspector may increase the reaction time as necessary.
There are many types of potholes and these are dealt with by KCC Highways depending on their severity.
They are broken down as:
P1 – a defect which is likely to cause immediate and significant harm to pedestrian/road user and has a response time of two hours.
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.