Winter 2017/18 has seen an increase in the number of potholes on the borough’s roads due to frequent wet and then icy-cold weather conditions.
For a pothole to form on a road requires two factors to be present at the same time: water and cold weather. Water seeps through existing cracks in the road weakening the surface underneath. The cold weather then causes this water to freeze, and therefore expand. Over time, this water melts and eventually evaporates/drains into the surface, creating a ‘gap’ underneath the road’s surface – which is broken through by the traffic.
How do we identify and repair potholes?
Cheshire West and Chester Council has a duty to maintain the borough’s roads, but we can only fill a pothole if we know about it.
We carry out regular inspections of the roads but also rely on members of the public reporting potholes to us.
We inspect all reported potholes and risk assess them to prioritise their repair. They’ll be classed as urgent or put into a planned programme of works to ensure they are repaired as efficiently as possible.
Potholes are assessed on a number of factors:
- Traffic type, speed and volume
- Road type
- Position in relation to road width
How to report a pothole
Potholes can happen very fast, sometimes a little as 24 hours, and with over 2,380 km of roads in the borough, it isn’t possible for us to inspect all of the network all of the time. You can help by reporting any potholes you see.
To report a pothole please use the ‘Road Care’ tab at the top of the home page of this website – or click here.