Jetpatcher wings in to begin repairs

As part of its continuing investment in the roads in the Harrogate area, the County Council has begun a jetpatching programme to tackle potholes.

The jetpatcher in action in Station Road Pannal watched by far left County Councillor Cliff Trotter Pannal and Lower Wharfedale and second left County Councillor John Mann Harrogate Central

The jetpatching, part of a £9.85m investment in Harrogate area roads in 2018/19 which also includes resurfacing and surface dressing, began in more rural areas and is now moving on to roads in Pannal and Harrogate.

The jetpatcher is designed to fill potholes much faster than conventional methods. The crews operate from a vehicle about the size of a gritter. The system first uses high-volume air to remove all dust and debris from a pothole.

A cold bitumen emulsion is then fired into every crack to seal the hole before aggregate is fired in at high speed. The process takes only a couple of minutes for each hole. There is no excavation, no waste material and the filled hole is ready to drive on immediately.

Traffic management will be in operation around the crews and it may be necessary to close roads briefly while they work.

The machine will be operating in Pannal Bank, Pannal Avenue, Green Lane, Spring Lane, St Winifred’s Road, Silverfields Road, Woodlands Avenue, Valley Mount, Claro Road, Ripon Road, Forest Lane and Fulwith Mill Lane.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “The county council is continuing to invest in highway repairs in Harrogate by resurfacing, patching and surface dressing. Potholes are a concern and we know that this is shared by residents.

“Residents sometimes say that emergency patching of potholes is too temporary. In addition to its speed, the jetpatcher is claimed to extend the life of such a repair. We believe it will offer a cost-effective solution while minimising waste and maximising the speed of repairs.’’

County Councillor John Mann, who represents Harrogate Central, said: "This is good news for Pannal ward, along with other areas of Harrogate, and I'm pleased that the county council has responded to the points local councillors have been making recently about the condition of the road surfaces in our area."

This story was published 31 July 2018