Pothole repairs done on priority basis

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Dumfries and Galloway Council have stepped up their pothole repair programme after the recent bad weather inflicted more damage on the region’s roads.

A spokesman for the council said: “The condition of the network of roads is highly dependent on prevailing weather conditions. Dumfries and Galloway has recently experienced extreme weather with high winds, prolonged periods of heavy rain, and snow, hampering our pothole repairs programme and causing significant further damage to road surfaces. Following the thaw, we’re now dealing with potholes across the region on a priority basis.”

Councillor Archie Dryburgh, chairman of DGFirst Management Committee, said: “Over the last year or so, we’ve made significant improvements in the quality and quantity of our pothole repairs. Obviously, we’ve recently experienced a period of adverse weather, which has caused significant further damage to our road surfaces. However, our fully resourced crews are no out on our roads continuing with our repairs programme.”

Dumfries and Galloway has the third longest roads network in Scotland, with 4,151km of roads to maintain.

A service-wide review of road maintenance operations, started in 2012, changed the local authority’s working methods for carriageway repairs to a first time permanent basis wherever possible. This new approach, combined with investment in training, plant and equipment and significant capital investment in road surfacing, has resulted in better repairs and a reduction in the number of defects on the roads.

A complete survey of the local road network in November 2013 found 4,500 defects. By November 2014 this figure was down to 1,437 defects.

It should also be noted that there are 345km of trunk roads in Dumfries and Galloway, which the council isn’t responsible for maintaining. There are also unadopted roads that the council isn’t responsible for.