Extra pothole spending approved

By on 29/01/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council will now spend £6.1 million repairing winter damage to the city's roads after approving an additional £600,000 to fix potholes and other defects.

Officers are currently assessing the full scale of damage from the recent prolonged spell of severe winter weather and repair work is already underway.

And, in an effort to speed up the process, residents have been urged to report potholes to the city's Highways team.

Cabinet approved a £4 million spend on the 2008/09 winter repair bill and in August last year a further £1.5 million was approved for this winter.

Now that budget has been increased further to £6.1 million, with the cabinet committee for procurement approving an additional £600,000.

Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services, Cllr Len Gregory, said: “Work has already started to repair the city's roads following the recent severe weather and we have once again acted quickly to identify and prioritise problems.

“A substantial budget had already been approved in preparation for this winter but the severity of the recent freezing conditions meant additional funds were required.

 “We have asked road users to help us quickly identify problems across the city and whilst we work through the repair programme I would ask road users to take extra care on damaged roads.

“In the meantime please bear with us as we carry out essential repairs, as road or lane closures may be necessary to ensure the work is safely completed.”

The longest period of sub zero temperatures for 30 years froze water trapped deep inside some road surfaces, resulting in the opening up of cracks and the formation of potholes.

The programme of urgent repairs to Birmingham's 9,100 roads (2,500km) is already underway.

Birmingham City Council encourages members of the public to report faults so repairs can be carried out as quickly as possible.

Click on the link below to report potholes and other damage to the road network or call our Highways Help Desk on 0121 303 6644.

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/streets

Tweet your faults

Alternatively you can report faults to birminghamnewsroom.com via twitter (http://twitter.com/BCCNewsRoom).

ENDS

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  1. bob adams says:

    If they are repaired PROPERLY instead of a couple of shovels full of tarmac they MIGHT LAST LONGER

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