max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Major pot hole repair scheme launched

12:45 19 June 2014

Pothole road

Pothole road


Work to resurface hundreds of miles of roads in Essex to make them pot hole-proof has begun.

The 17-week programme from Essex County Council to cover almost two million square metres of road started last month and, subject to dry weather, should be completed by mid-August.

Workmen will cover the existing surgace with hot bitumen and cover it with stone chippings to form a water-resistant protective layer, improving the road’s skid resistance and extending its life.

Because it seals the road surface against water penetration, known to be a major cause of pot holes, it is hoped the scheme will reduce the number of road defects for longer.

Each road will be subject to a 20mph advisory speed limit for up to two weeks following the work while chippings bed into the surface and further road sweeping is done.

During the work roads may be closed or have traffic controls.

Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways, said: “We are investing in this cost-effective surface dressing method to maintain the integrity of the road network and extend the life of the road. This is part of our commitment for roads we can all be proud of.”


  • Just so long as it is effective and doesn't just result in the potholes re-occuring next winter!

    Report this comment


    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Suffolk CC please note ! If they can do it, why not here in Suffolk.

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

John Lewis opened in Chelmsford last month

An Essex woman is calling on retailers to do more for larger women after feeling “worthless” during a recent trip to the new John Lewis store in Chelmsford.

The puppy had horrific injuries and vets were forced to put it down to end its suffering

An eight-week-old Jack Russell terrier suffering from devastating injuries was handed to vets in Braintree on Monday.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

Magistrates’ courts could return to towns such as Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, the police and crime commissioner has said, despite the Government shutting all but one of Suffolk’s summary courthouses last month.

A decision on banning dogs from the beach at Southwold has been put back

A decision on banning dogs from a Suffolk beach for most of the year has been further delayed – due to the volume of responses received during consultation.

Firefighters have issued a warning over fancy dress costumes being used for Halloween - these images show how quickly fire can spread. Image: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

A video warning adults and children to take extra care this Halloween has this week been released by Essex firefighters.

William Emeny picks up his award from television presenter and meteorologist Sian Lloyd

A former Suffolk schoolboy turned teacher has been named top of his class.

Wondering if your house is also home to Casper the friendly ghost? Take this quiz and find out.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24