Council speed up pothole repairs

Two specialist ‘jetpatcher’ machines are to be hired in by Derbyshire County Council to speed up repairs to potholes across the county.

The jetpatcher uses a high velocity air stream to clear existing holes of any debris and water as well as laying and compacting new asphalt.

Hiring the machines in will cost £100,000.

The scheme is all part of work to help the council clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by the extreme wet winter weather.

The council’s roadworkers are currently working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes, and the jetpatchers will give an extra boost to their work.

Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, CounDean Collins said: “We’re doing all we can to mend as many potholes as fast as we can, and the jetpatcher machines will speed up progress.

“The extreme winter weather has taken its toll on our roads, but I can assure people that we are doing all we can to repair our roads as soon as possible.”

The county council looks after around 3,500 miles of roads and pavements.