Roads - potholes
Potholes are the most commonly occurring defect on the highway.
There are few reported that present an immediate hazard but those that do are made safe within 24 hours. Over the last four years, we have seen the number of winter potholes steadily increase.
A pothole develops where the surface of the highway fails. This allows water to get in, disintegration and the removal of material by traffic at weakened spots on the surface. Eventually, this causes a hollow, or pothole, to appear.
Other common highway condition defects include: surface texture failure, which might not mean there is structural road damage but can affect safety and the smoothness of ride in a vehicle. Deformation is any change of the structure which leaves the surface in a different shape to the one intended; there may be structural issues. Cracking involves fractures in the road or pavement surface and underlying layers. The road can look in poor condition and there can be a loss of waterproofing.
Roads - potholes - frequently asked questions
- Why do you temporarily repair some potholes, which soon require redoing?
- There have been potholes on the road for a while, when will they be repaired?
- I pay high road tax and petrol prices, so why aren't the roads in better condition?
- I have damaged my vehicle or been injured as a result of a pothole, can I claim against the council?