MERSEYSIDE councils are counting the cost of filling hundreds of potholes which were created by the recent freezing weather.
Liverpool Council has put six extra gangs out to inspect roads and expects an increase of 30% in the number of potholes found when compared to normal conditions.
A spokesman for the city council said it was not yet possible to put a price on the damage that had been created by “freeze-thaw” weathering, which damages the roads in wet and particularly freezing conditions.
Water in cracks in the road expands into ice causing the surface of the road to break up and deeper than usual potholes to form.
The spokesman said: “We have a vigorous inspection scheme in place to make sure we assess the damage.”
Cllr David Sparks, chairman of the Local Government Association Transport Board, said councils were working flat out.
He said: “Councils spend millions to ensure that roads are safe and potholes are filled. The latest cold weather means that they are working flat out to fill in the ones created during the last month of freezing weather.
“Potholes are the gaping sores in our road network and councils know how much motorists want to see the proverbial bandage being applied.
“Getting people safely from A to B is at the top of every council’s agenda.
“The wet combined with the freezing conditions destroys tarmac very quickly. As the ice seeps into the road it expands and rips chunks of the surface out leaving potholes blighting the highways.
“After the snow comes the repairs and councils are working flat out to keep drivers safe by fixing the holes as quickly as possible.
“However, some ground is now waterlogged meaning the bituminous material will not stick.
“Temporary solutions will be used where necessary until the weather improves.” THE ECHO
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