Jetpatcher to help fix region’s potholes

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A specialist ‘jetpatcher’ machine has arrived in Derbyshire in a bid to speed up repairs to potholes across the county, and another machine is expected to arrive shortly.

It’s all part of work to help the council clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by the extreme wet winter weather.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, Coun Joan Dixon said: “Hiring in the Jetpatcher machines are all part of our plan to fix as many potholes as quickly as we can.

“The wet winter has caused damage to the county’s roads so we’ve got roadworkers working extra hours and external contractors in helping us to make sure we get our roads mended.”

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