Pothole Watch: Find and fix programme

Workmen repair a pothole at the junction of Arthur Street and Westfield Road in Wellingborough
Workmen repair a pothole at the junction of Arthur Street and Westfield Road in Wellingborough

Repair work is being carried out on pothole-ridden streets across the north of the county after deteriorating and weather-hit roads caused problems for drivers.

The county’s highways staff have been put to work on a reactive ‘find and fix’ programme to resolve issues created by the bad weather over the past few months.

In Kettering this month, micro-asphalt patching work is planned for Broadway, Hawthorn Road, Garfield Street, Argyll Street, Glebe Avenue, Roundhill Road, St Michael’s Road and Seagrave Street.

Surface dressing work is also planned for Arthingworth Road and Braybrooke Road in Desborough. The B576 Harborough Road in Desborough will also be fixed.

Further repairs are expected to take place in Corby, with minor routine maintenance works expected to be carried out in Gilchrist Avenue.

A spokesman for MGWSP, the highway service provider for Northamptonshire County Council, said: “We are aware of the deterioration of the network over the past few months, and are doing everything we can to put a programme into place to rectify the situation. We are using all our resources to identify defects though our highways inspections, Street Doctor reports, all MGWSP staff and councillor and emergency services reports.

“Due to the rise in reports across the county the first priority is to make defects safe.”

Roads in Wellingborough earmarked for carriageway patching as part of highways improvement works for the coming year include Chequers Lane, Millers Park and Cedar Way.

Stanwell Way, Lea Way and estate roads around Weavers School in Wellingborough have also been identified for inclusion in the Northamptonshire Highways Maintenance Initiative.

Chairman of the Wellingborough Taxi Drivers Association Barry Liffen said: “The roads are in such an appalling state. It’s a downward spiral and I don’t think they’ll ever get back on top of it.

“I would rather they resurfaced the roads than patched them. I’m asked to pay my council tax on time but I’m getting less and less for it, and the condition of the roads is getting worse.”

Wellingborough councillor Mark Hollyman said: “I think the surface of Lea Way is one of the worst surfaces I have ever driven on.”

How potholes are filled

A spokesman for MGWSP, the highway service provider for Northamptonshire County Council, said: “The pre-patching of failed areas is required and then followed by resurfacing using micro-asphalt. This results in halting the deterioration of these roads and substantially prolongs the life span.

“April will see the surface dressing season begin. Bitumen and chippings are used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water every five to seven years, weather permitting.”

How you can report potholes

There are several ways you can get in touch with us to report potholes, which we will then pass on to the county council.

Either phone 01536 506163, email us or send a Twitter message to hashtag #nnpotholewatch, which we will be monitoring on a regular basis.