Dudley prepares to tackle pothole problem after scooping extra Government cash

Dudley prepares to tackle pothole problem after scooping extra Government cash

Dudley prepares to tackle pothole problem after scooping extra Government cash

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DUDLEY Council has announced a programme of works to help reduce the number of potholes across the borough following an injection of Government cash.

More than £168m has been set aside across the country for pothole repairs and the council has now received more than £567,000 of the fund following its successful bid.

Dudley's share - which is the largest allocation in the West Midlands - will be used to repair existing potholes around the borough and for preventative maintenance to stop potholes forming.

The preventative work will take place on a number of residential roads and will extend the council’s existing micro-surfacing programme.

While new machinery will be used to repair existing potholes in a more efficient and cost effective fashion.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley Council's cabinet member for transportation, said: “Dudley has embarked upon a major programme of pothole repairs using a new approach called ‘planer potholes’ where damaged surfaces are removed with a small planer attachment that only removes the minimum material required for repair.

“This approach reduces material costs as we are not having to replace a deeper area as is the case with a conventional repair using hand tools."

Dudley South MP Chris Kelly welcomed the cash to tackle the pothole problem.

He said: "£567,127 of new funding will go a long way to dealing with the menace of potholes and ridding them from our roads."

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4:26pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mj_wood says...

This is on top of the £319,000 that the Government gave Dudley in March to repair potholes and damaged roads caused by bad weather last winter.
This is on top of the £319,000 that the Government gave Dudley in March to repair potholes and damaged roads caused by bad weather last winter. mj_wood
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11:46am Sat 26 Jul 14

imgoingbarmy says...

They have just painted round the same potholes in Gornal for the third time in three years. Does this mean they will finally be filled in? Up to now, it has to have been a total waste of public money marking and doing nothing about them.
They have just painted round the same potholes in Gornal for the third time in three years. Does this mean they will finally be filled in? Up to now, it has to have been a total waste of public money marking and doing nothing about them. imgoingbarmy
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2:21pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Time2speak says...

On the Wrens nest estate the same thing has happened the carriageway has been sprayed and chipped but the inspection covers have been left sunk and polished smooth. Why couldn't the changing of all sunk and smooth covers been carried out before resurfacing works. This would be at no extra cost to the council as South Staffs or Severn Trent maintain there iron works. Oh But that would take a bit of planing and a bit of walking. Dudley council your a joke you couldn't run a tap.
On the Wrens nest estate the same thing has happened the carriageway has been sprayed and chipped but the inspection covers have been left sunk and polished smooth. Why couldn't the changing of all sunk and smooth covers been carried out before resurfacing works. This would be at no extra cost to the council as South Staffs or Severn Trent maintain there iron works. Oh But that would take a bit of planing and a bit of walking. Dudley council your a joke you couldn't run a tap. Time2speak
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11:25pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Lil77 says...

Within the last month the Council have had new pavements laid at the Stepping Stones, and repainted a few white line, and a mini island on the Kingsway. Cannot understand why these were done when the same resources could have been used/ spent on potholes! I find Dudley Council to have as much common sense as a Hedgehog crossing a main road. Pathetic waste of space/ money/ votes/ brain power! Time for more people who have to 'live' on the poverty line, and suffer from the decisions made by persons who live way above blue collar living to get in power I think.
Within the last month the Council have had new pavements laid at the Stepping Stones, and repainted a few white line, and a mini island on the Kingsway. Cannot understand why these were done when the same resources could have been used/ spent on potholes! I find Dudley Council to have as much common sense as a Hedgehog crossing a main road. Pathetic waste of space/ money/ votes/ brain power! Time for more people who have to 'live' on the poverty line, and suffer from the decisions made by persons who live way above blue collar living to get in power I think. Lil77
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1:20pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Hoohaa69 says...

They have sprayed tar and covered it with gravel on plenty of quiet residential roads around Stourbridge, this has made no difference whatsoever to the potholes underneath! I hope this isn't the method they're going to use on the main roads!
I'd have thought filling the potholes in our main roads would have taken priority, but then again, I have common sense.
They have sprayed tar and covered it with gravel on plenty of quiet residential roads around Stourbridge, this has made no difference whatsoever to the potholes underneath! I hope this isn't the method they're going to use on the main roads! I'd have thought filling the potholes in our main roads would have taken priority, but then again, I have common sense. Hoohaa69
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