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New tool to tackle potholes

New tool to tackle potholes

Published at 9:33am 3rd December 2015. (Updated at 12:54pm 3rd December 2015)

A new system is being trialled in North Yorkshire to speed up the process of filling potholes.

Three teams from North Yorkshire County Council are operating Velocity Jetpatcher machines in areas such as Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.

They use high-volume air to remove all dust and debris from a pothole, before firing a cold bitumen emulsion into every crack to seal the hole and then topping it with aggregate.

It takes only a couple of minutes for each hole and there is no excavation, no waste material and the filled hole is ready to drive on immediately.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: "Potholes are a big concern for the County Council and we know that concern is shared by the county's residents. We are always looking for innovative ways to deal with the issue, which is why we are trying this new approach.

"Residents sometimes tell us 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. We'll be monitoring its performance during these three weeks."

In 2014, the authority announced a major programme to repair the damage caused by harsh winters on its road network.

The programme, which will cost £50 million and take seven years to complete, is in addition to the £25 million-plus that North Yorkshire County Council normally spends on highway repairs each year.