Lockdown results in almost 1,000 Suffolk pothole repairs
Increased road repairs and improvements have been completed during the lockdown, as Suffolk Highways has taken advantage of quieter roads.
More than 6,300 potholes and other highway faults were repaired in the county in March and April, compared with 5,345 in the same period last year – equating to an 18.5 per cent increase in repairs.
Teams working on the network have been supported to work effectively, while keeping themselves and members of the travelling public safe.
Suffolk Highways said it had also continued with its cyclical drainage, grass cutting and weed control programme.
Meanwhile, resurfacing and surface dressing programmes have begun – laying new surfaces on roads to help stop potholes from forming in future.
Andrew Reid, cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs at Suffolk County Council, said: “Despite the obvious challenges that all public services are experiencing at the moment, I am really pleased to see that not only are our highways colleagues continuing business as usual, but they are using the quieter roads to get more done.
“Our teams have had to work in different ways to ensure they can continue keeping the roads safe and open while keeping themselves and those they come into contact with safe and healthy.
“Despite these extra precautions, our Suffolk Highways colleagues have increased productivity.”