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Town's Pioneering Pothole Purge Hits Major Milestone

By Published October 02, 2020

A DRIVE to mend Middlesbrough's pothole menace has hit a major milestone.

The town-wide purge to carry out repairs in every ward in the borough has now reached the half-way point in Linthorpe.

The 20-week initiative - spearheaded by Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor Antony High - was launched in June with a pledge to rid the town's streets of the scourge of motorists and cyclists.

Middlesbrough Council's Highways Infrastructure Team have now completed works in the first eleven wards, and are on target to complete the whole programme by week commencing, November 30 subject to no delays caused by inclement weather.

To date they have identified and repaired an incredible total of 1,858 defects - equating to 9,290 individual potholes.

The work has seen 802.5 tonnes of tarmac and 8,514m2 of patches laid, with a further 10,762m2 of carriageway surfacing to be completed by the main contractor.

Wards are being tackled in alphabetical order following detailed inspections to identify all potholes requiring repair, with crews now at work in Marton East.

Deputy Mayor Antony High said: "Everybody hates potholes, and the public support for this initiative has been amazing.

"They cause disruption, damage and misery to road users, and they shouldn't have to put up with them.

"After years of neglect, this ambitious programme is finally putting things right, and I know that's been welcomed by local residents.

"Roads across the town are in a much better state, and that will make them easier to maintain and repair.

"Hats off to the crews who've done such a fantastic job - this is high quality, lasting work that will benefit Middlesbrough for years to come."

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "People really hate potholes, and they cost a fortune in avoidable damage and repairs.

"This great initiative is really turning the tide, and I know residents will be delighted with the results.

"We'll never get rid of every pothole and no approach is perfect - but this programme is the best ever undertaken in Middlesbrough, and gives us a great blueprint for tackling the problem in future."

For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council's support line 01642 729777

The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

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