Council triples number of repaired potholes during COVID-19 lockdown
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has tripled its number of pothole repairs, with almost 1,900 completed in city streets since lockdown measures started.
7.5 miles of road have been resurfaced in the last 42 days, including the A53 MFI roundabout, Westport Road in Burslem, Manor Street in Fenton and Cemlyn Avenue in Blurton.
An exact number of 1,885 road repairs have been carried out, with is more than the combined total in January and February and three times as many as were made in March.
The restrictions have had a huge impact on traffic levels across the UK, making this an ideal time to carry out road improvements, providing social distancing measures can be upheld.
The council announced plans in March for a new investment programme worth £35m over the next four years. The funding will be spent on more than 900 roads and pavements, upgrading traffic signals and adopting more modern technology.
Council leader Abi Brown said:
“Our teams have been working safely and efficiently through the coronavirus restrictions, and the quiet roads have helped us to complete more repairs and cause less disruption to road users.
“A number of staff had self-isolated in early March, but we now have seven teams of two back out across the city and four highways inspectors working. The safety of our workforce is our top priority. Each highway job has had new risk assessments done and the majority of the processes have changed so that social distancing and health and safety regulations continue to be observed.
“We are continuing to work on schemes where workforce and supplies allow, to help protect the economy and city’s infrastructure during the pandemic. The government advice is that highways and construction workers can and should keep working as long as they are fit and well, and able to practise social distancing.
Residents have been urged to report potholes and their location via the MyStoke App.