POTHOLES across Uttoxeter are set to disappear over the summer as new ‘zapping’ machines are brought in to wage war on the continuing problem.
Staffordshire County Council has revealed that its highways teams are preparing for a summer road blitz across the county after the authority invested in new machines.
Four pothole “zapping” machines have been drafted into Staffordshire as part of fresh investment to help tackle repairs on the weather damaged roads across the county.
Crews from the county already tackle more than 400 potholes every week and the Roadmasters are now helping to fix additional potholes and resurface areas identified as “hotspots” on stretches of road in one go.
As part of £2.1 million extra investment, which needs to be spent by the summer, the county council has prioritised the work to get the maximum benefit for the county.
Mark Deaville, the authority’s cabinet support member for transport and connected county, said the funding is helping the highways crews tackle extra repairs and surfacing projects they have been left faced with.
Councillor Deaville told the Post and Times: “We know that an effective and well maintained road network in Staffordshire is important to both residents and to bringing jobs and prosperity to the county.
“This extra investment is of course welcome and is currently helping us draft in more machines to roll out further improvements to our roads.
“As a county council, we have already seen the condition of our roads improve following an extra £50 million funding and the challenge now is to focus more on the long-term improvement of roads to help ensure potholes occur less frequently.”
The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced the extra £140 million back in February.
Just under £40 million of the funding was then earmarked for areas effected by the floods and the rest was shared by other local authorities.
Staffordshire was awarded £2.1 million of the cash which needed to be invested in the county’s highways by August following one of the wettest winters ever recorded.
Earlier this year it was revealed that some of the cash was being spent on carrying out immediate repairs such as fixing potholes, and increasing preventative maintenance of roads to ensure that there is less need for emergency or large scale repairs in the future.
Roads across Uttoxeter earmarked for improvement included Town Meadows Way, Derby Road, Church Street, Leighton Road, Sunnyside Road, St Mary’s Crescent and Cockstubbles.