Cost of repairing Dorset's potholes could be as much as £135k after 1,800 reported in three weeks

Pothole repair bill could be as much as £135k after 1,800 reported in just three weeks

Pothole repair bill could be as much as £135k after 1,800 reported in just three weeks

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DORSET County Council has had 1,800 potholes reported on the roads in just three weeks.

And the spiralling cost to repair Dorset’s crumbling roads could be as much as £135,000.

The repair bill comes after the county has been battered for weeks by heavy rain and bad weather.

And as temperatures drop in the coming weeks the problem could get worse as ice causes further damage to the roads.

Since the start of the New Year, 1,800 potholes have been reported to Dorset County Council, along with a further 1,200 other highway-related issues.

Normally the county council said they get around 120 emergency call-outs a month.

The county council said the approximate cost of repairing a pothole, depending on the type of repair that needs to be done, is around £50 to £75 each.

So to fix all 1,800 potholes DCC will be facing an approximate bill of around £90,000 to £135,000.

A total of 35 teams are currently out and about on Dorset’s roads fixing the potholes and defects.

The county council said it was extremely important that if people saw potholes they report them immediately so that they can be repaired.

Once a problem is reported the potholes are ranked for repair based on the level of risk to road users – namely its location, size, depth and the sort of road on which it occurs.

Andrew Martin, head of the county council’s highways operations, said: “Potholes and other road defects happen when water is trapped in the road surface.

“When water freezes it expands – causing the surface to break up.

“So freezing weather after the recent wet conditions will mean that we expect more potholes and defects to appear.”

He added: “Our crews will continue to repair defects whatever the weather. “We aim to repair potholes that present an immediate hazard to motorists within 32 hours and all other defects within 28 days.

“With the present number of reports we are doing our best to keep to this commitment.”

How to report a problem

TO report an urgent road problem including flooding and fallen trees call 01305 221020. Potholes and road defects can be reported online at dorsetforyou. com – search for road and pavement maintenance and fill in the online form.

The chairman of the Dorset Institute for Advanced Motorists, John Haywood, said it was important to drive according to the conditions of the road and this included both the weather and road conditions.

He said: “The potholes are a lot worse on unclassified country roads where they haven’t been repaired so quickly because, as I understand it, Dorset County Council repair the A and B roads quicker than unclassified roads. Obviously drivers should be aware of this and drive according to the conditions, at a speed where you can stop where you see a hazard or pothole in front of you.”

He said this was more difficult at night, or where standing water meant you couldn’t see the road as clearly.

He added: “It’s a national problem – it impacts on Dorset quite considerably because we have a high percentage of rural country roads.”

To report a pothole in Bournemouth fill in the form at bournemouth.gov.uk/Forms/StreetsTransport/ReportPothole.aspx

Drivers warned to take care

THE chairman of the Dorset Institute for Advanced Motorists, John Haywood, said it was important to drive according to the conditions of the road and this included both the weather and road conditions.

He said: “The potholes are a lot worse on unclassified country roads where they haven’t been repaired so quickly because, as I understand it, Dorset County Council repair the A and B roads quicker than unclassified roads.

"Obviously drivers should be aware of this and drive according to the conditions, at a speed where you can stop where you see a hazard or pothole in front of you."

He said this was more difficult at night, or where standing water meant you couldn’t see the road as clearly.

He added: “It’s a national problem – it impacts on Dorset quite considerably because we have a high percentage of rural country roads.”

 

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10:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

smhinto says...

The main problem here is not so much the pot-holes, it is the fact that the Council do not maintain the roads properly in the first place. In years gone by the roads were properly dressed and resurfaced. Now it is all patching here and there making the roads crumble far more easier and makes them look like a Roman mosaic.
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Yet when one travels through western Europe one rarly encounters such problems. I wonder why ?
The main problem here is not so much the pot-holes, it is the fact that the Council do not maintain the roads properly in the first place. In years gone by the roads were properly dressed and resurfaced. Now it is all patching here and there making the roads crumble far more easier and makes them look like a Roman mosaic. . Yet when one travels through western Europe one rarly encounters such problems. I wonder why ? smhinto
  • Score: 14

10:58am Wed 22 Jan 14

Peroni says...

I keep using Herbert Avenue as an example ,but it's a good one.
How many times in the last few years has this road been resurfaced, when it was done time before last ,it was breaking up in a matter of weeks ( and no it wasn't ice and water ). Just drive up it now ,whole thing is crumbling and pot holed again ,it's not the weather ,it's poor workmanship or materials .
Seems they wait now until they get complaints from the public ,well if I started to complain about the potholes I'd be on the phone all day and every day.
Just another area of shoddy service from the councils.
I keep using Herbert Avenue as an example ,but it's a good one. How many times in the last few years has this road been resurfaced, when it was done time before last ,it was breaking up in a matter of weeks ( and no it wasn't ice and water ). Just drive up it now ,whole thing is crumbling and pot holed again ,it's not the weather ,it's poor workmanship or materials . Seems they wait now until they get complaints from the public ,well if I started to complain about the potholes I'd be on the phone all day and every day. Just another area of shoddy service from the councils. Peroni
  • Score: 8

11:40am Wed 22 Jan 14

saynomore says...

I saw a tax disk holder withe the words round the outer edge saying YES I HAVE PAID MY ROAD TAX SO FIX THE F*****G POT HOLES,my thoughts entirely Get on with it council and don't cut corners with shoddy repairs..
I saw a tax disk holder withe the words round the outer edge saying YES I HAVE PAID MY ROAD TAX SO FIX THE F*****G POT HOLES,my thoughts entirely Get on with it council and don't cut corners with shoddy repairs.. saynomore
  • Score: 5

12:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Franks Tank says...

Maybe motorist should be charged some sort of ROAD TAX to pay for the damage their vehicles cause.
Maybe motorist should be charged some sort of ROAD TAX to pay for the damage their vehicles cause. Franks Tank
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

What would a petition ask for ,1 decent roads ,2 a council run bank ,£130,000 out of the surplace know I would ask for
What would a petition ask for ,1 decent roads ,2 a council run bank ,£130,000 out of the surplace know I would ask for kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

1:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Franks Tank wrote:
Maybe motorist should be charged some sort of ROAD TAX to pay for the damage their vehicles cause.
Dump is the word that comes to mind on this comment.
Especially when the taxes we pay is generally spent on overseas aid to countries that don't need it.
Rethink your comment!
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: Maybe motorist should be charged some sort of ROAD TAX to pay for the damage their vehicles cause.[/p][/quote]Dump is the word that comes to mind on this comment. Especially when the taxes we pay is generally spent on overseas aid to countries that don't need it. Rethink your comment! skydriver
  • Score: -3

2:03pm Wed 22 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Not sure if the travellers have got much work planned when they arrive for their Summer hols.but understand they offer reasonable rates for tarmac jobs.perhaps in exchange for accommodation?
Not sure if the travellers have got much work planned when they arrive for their Summer hols.but understand they offer reasonable rates for tarmac jobs.perhaps in exchange for accommodation? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

2:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Franks Tank says...

skydriver wrote:
Franks Tank wrote:
Maybe motorist should be charged some sort of ROAD TAX to pay for the damage their vehicles cause.
Dump is the word that comes to mind on this comment.
Especially when the taxes we pay is generally spent on overseas aid to countries that don't need it.
Rethink your comment!
Pot & Kettle springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: Maybe motorist should be charged some sort of ROAD TAX to pay for the damage their vehicles cause.[/p][/quote]Dump is the word that comes to mind on this comment. Especially when the taxes we pay is generally spent on overseas aid to countries that don't need it. Rethink your comment![/p][/quote]Pot & Kettle springs to mind. Franks Tank
  • Score: -1

3:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

dobrojoe says...

Every six months, I have to report the same pothole that wasn't fixed properly the previous time. How can that be saving taxpayer's money?
Every six months, I have to report the same pothole that wasn't fixed properly the previous time. How can that be saving taxpayer's money? dobrojoe
  • Score: -1

6:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

60plus says...

We do pay road tax I pay £150 a year,cyclist don't pay anything but they use the road,so get your facts right.
We do pay road tax I pay £150 a year,cyclist don't pay anything but they use the road,so get your facts right. 60plus
  • Score: 2

7:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

blackdog1 says...

Here's a crazy idea......stop wasting vast amounts of money on daft cylcling schemes,green surfaces,,lanes,traf
fic lights,pavement alterations etc and spend it on fixing the roads!
Here's a crazy idea......stop wasting vast amounts of money on daft cylcling schemes,green surfaces,,lanes,traf fic lights,pavement alterations etc and spend it on fixing the roads! blackdog1
  • Score: 0

8:59am Thu 23 Jan 14

skydriver says...

A £130K, so what , if the council had kept the roads in better order in the first place it would not be costing as much now. FACT,
A £130K, so what , if the council had kept the roads in better order in the first place it would not be costing as much now. FACT, skydriver
  • Score: 0

9:16am Thu 23 Jan 14

Franks Tank says...

60plus wrote:
We do pay road tax I pay £150 a year,cyclist don't pay anything but they use the road,so get your facts right.
The disc of paper in your windscreen that you pay £150 for is called Vehicle Excise Duty and the cost of it is based on the filth your vehicle belches into the atmosphere.
This 'pollution tax' goes into central government coffers and has nothing to do with road spending.
It is a discretionary tax that you chose to pay when you chose your car. There are plenty of cars that are charged much less (or even no) VED.

The majority of the road network is paid for out of local taxation, for example council tax.
As far as I understand things, cyclists are not exempt from council tax.

Geddit?
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: We do pay road tax I pay £150 a year,cyclist don't pay anything but they use the road,so get your facts right.[/p][/quote]The disc of paper in your windscreen that you pay £150 for is called Vehicle Excise Duty and the cost of it is based on the filth your vehicle belches into the atmosphere. This 'pollution tax' goes into central government coffers and has nothing to do with road spending. It is a discretionary tax that you chose to pay when you chose your car. There are plenty of cars that are charged much less (or even no) VED. The majority of the road network is paid for out of local taxation, for example council tax. As far as I understand things, cyclists are not exempt from council tax. Geddit? Franks Tank
  • Score: 1

9:47am Thu 23 Jan 14

Franks Tank says...

60plus wrote:
We do pay road tax I pay £150 a year,cyclist don't pay anything but they use the road,so get your facts right.
The 'Road Fund Licence' was abolished in 1936 by that nice Mr Winston Churchill.
Don't you remember dear?
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: We do pay road tax I pay £150 a year,cyclist don't pay anything but they use the road,so get your facts right.[/p][/quote]The 'Road Fund Licence' was abolished in 1936 by that nice Mr Winston Churchill. Don't you remember dear? Franks Tank
  • Score: 1

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