A pothole is where the surface of the road has been eroded and a hollow has formed. After a cold spell, the roads will be in a worse state as potholes are created in four steps:
- As roads age they become more porous, having been worn down by traffic.
- Cold weather then turns to ice, therefore expanding and pushing the tarmac up and out.
- Gaps are created in the tarmac when the ice thaws and turns back into water.
- These gaps get bigger with each time it freezes and thaws which weakens the road.
- The gaps then cave in when traffic travels over the road, causing a pothole.
Potholes requiring urgent attention should be reported by calling the BCC hotline on 01296 382416.
BCC Inspectors will assess the potholes and decide what needs to be done. This will vary, from a two hour response through to a 28 day repair. Repairs are prioritised based on risk, and BCC have teams available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Around 2,000 potholes are repaired each month, and the roads are inspected regularly according to a schedule. This means a lot of potholes will be picked up by these inspections and programmed for repair.
If you see a pothole that is in need of repair please use the BCC online reporting tool where you will be prompted and can add photos.