Dorset's roads hit by potholes and cracks after storms

This pothole near Bridport was sent in via Twitter @bridportn0tice

This pothole near Bridport was sent in via Twitter @bridportn0tice

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FOLLOWING the recent storms potholes and cracks have opened up at an alarming rate on Dorset’s roads.

More than 1,000 issues have been reported to Dorset County Council’s highways maintenance team since January 1.

Andrew Martin head of the county council’s highways operations said: “The recent extreme weather has presented us with exceptional demand on our services but we have we have 35 teams currently deployed to address the numerous incidents and defects that have appeared in the recent weeks.

“These include pothole repair, ditch clearing, high pressure drain clearance and gully emptying.”

He added: “We aim to repair potholes that present an immediate hazard to motorists within 32 hours and all other defects within 28 days.

"With the present number of reports we are doing our best to keep to this commitment.”

Motorists are being urged to heed road signs and plan their journeys in advance.

Mr Martin said: “We have had a number of instances where people have ignored our warning signs, or even removed them, and driven into heavily flooded areas.

“Even if they don’t damage their vehicles, the waves they make while going through the water can end up washing into people’s gardens and even their properties.”

He added: “Signs are there for a reason, we would ask people to allow more time for their journeys at the moment and find alternative routes to avoid flooded areas.”

To report a highways issue click here, then click the report a problem link, or call 01305 221020 during office hours and 0845 0678 999 out-of-hours.

Send us pictures of potholes near you via Newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk. Or Tweet us @Dorsetecho.

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5:15pm Fri 10 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

If only they had fixed many of them properly in the first place instead of throwing some tarmac into them and not even sealing them properly as I have noticed
If only they had fixed many of them properly in the first place instead of throwing some tarmac into them and not even sealing them properly as I have noticed David_divenghy2
  • Score: 7

5:53pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bargain price says...

I think you may find the potholes was there before the bad weather which made the flooding worse
I think you may find the potholes was there before the bad weather which made the flooding worse bargain price
  • Score: -2

6:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

rjimmer says...

There is going to be a big one on Duck Alley, between Radipole West End and Coldharbour, within a day or so. There used to be road gullies and a drainage system in this sunken lane, but someone had the bright idea to tarmac over the gullies instead of clearing the blocked drains. This will be the second time since the road was resurfaced that the road will have to be closed to patch it up. Why do they let jumped-up labourers make decisions that cost thousands of pounds to put right.
There is going to be a big one on Duck Alley, between Radipole West End and Coldharbour, within a day or so. There used to be road gullies and a drainage system in this sunken lane, but someone had the bright idea to tarmac over the gullies instead of clearing the blocked drains. This will be the second time since the road was resurfaced that the road will have to be closed to patch it up. Why do they let jumped-up labourers make decisions that cost thousands of pounds to put right. rjimmer
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

JackJohnson says...

We ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until after the winter breaks up even more of the surface that's been damaged by the flooding.
We ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until after the winter breaks up even more of the surface that's been damaged by the flooding. JackJohnson
  • Score: 4

6:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

K9 says...

Google "fixmystreet" for an easy UK site to report potholes. They pass the reports on to the relevant council and track whether it gets fixed. Also handy for broken street lights, etc. They're a not-for-profit outfit funded initially by a grant from the Government if I remember correctly. I normally find the pothole is fixed within a week of reporting it.
Google "fixmystreet" for an easy UK site to report potholes. They pass the reports on to the relevant council and track whether it gets fixed. Also handy for broken street lights, etc. They're a not-for-profit outfit funded initially by a grant from the Government if I remember correctly. I normally find the pothole is fixed within a week of reporting it. K9
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

smilealoft44 says...

AT
AT smilealoft44
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ijwufo68 says...

I didn't know potholes and cracks fell from the sky!!!!!
I didn't know potholes and cracks fell from the sky!!!!! ijwufo68
  • Score: -1

7:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

ijwufo68 says...
I didn't know potholes and cracks fell from the sky

Thats is what you get when the 'work experience' people are at the News Desk!
ijwufo68 says... I didn't know potholes and cracks fell from the sky Thats is what you get when the 'work experience' people are at the News Desk! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -2

9:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
ijwufo68 says...
I didn't know potholes and cracks fell from the sky

Thats is what you get when the 'work experience' people are at the News Desk!
Or Quota's.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: ijwufo68 says... I didn't know potholes and cracks fell from the sky Thats is what you get when the 'work experience' people are at the News Desk![/p][/quote]Or Quota's. David_divenghy2
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Carruthers says...

The weather has not helped, but I have a feeling that the increasing plethora of the utterly ridicules bloated 4x4 Tosser-mobiles one sees hurtling down our country lanes, often driven by people whose digital watch has more transistors than they have brain cells, is contributing greatly to the deterioration of our roads.
It's about time the government quadrupled the vehicle exise duty on 4x4
The weather has not helped, but I have a feeling that the increasing plethora of the utterly ridicules bloated 4x4 Tosser-mobiles one sees hurtling down our country lanes, often driven by people whose digital watch has more transistors than they have brain cells, is contributing greatly to the deterioration of our roads. It's about time the government quadrupled the vehicle exise duty on 4x4 Carruthers
  • Score: 7

8:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

Ghostnigel says...

I've got a 4X4, and i need it to pose about in when the snow comes. i won't be the one stuck on me driveway scratching my head....haha. Suckers...
I've got a 4X4, and i need it to pose about in when the snow comes. i won't be the one stuck on me driveway scratching my head....haha. Suckers... Ghostnigel
  • Score: 1

8:48am Sat 11 Jan 14

ksmain says...

Ghostnigel wrote:
I've got a 4X4, and i need it to pose about in when the snow comes. i won't be the one stuck on me driveway scratching my head....haha. Suckers...
Who is the sucker - after all you are paying more in tax, fuel and maintenance cost, etc. My little Corsa Diesel does 65mpg and is cheap to run and repair and it won't be stuck in no driveway either.
[quote][p][bold]Ghostnigel[/bold] wrote: I've got a 4X4, and i need it to pose about in when the snow comes. i won't be the one stuck on me driveway scratching my head....haha. Suckers...[/p][/quote]Who is the sucker - after all you are paying more in tax, fuel and maintenance cost, etc. My little Corsa Diesel does 65mpg and is cheap to run and repair and it won't be stuck in no driveway either. ksmain
  • Score: 0

8:51am Sat 11 Jan 14

Ghostnigel says...

ksmain wrote:
Ghostnigel wrote:
I've got a 4X4, and i need it to pose about in when the snow comes. i won't be the one stuck on me driveway scratching my head....haha. Suckers...
Who is the sucker - after all you are paying more in tax, fuel and maintenance cost, etc. My little Corsa Diesel does 65mpg and is cheap to run and repair and it won't be stuck in no driveway either.
Cheapskate sucker then...ooo, you nearly hit me with your little stick and stone....haha
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ghostnigel[/bold] wrote: I've got a 4X4, and i need it to pose about in when the snow comes. i won't be the one stuck on me driveway scratching my head....haha. Suckers...[/p][/quote]Who is the sucker - after all you are paying more in tax, fuel and maintenance cost, etc. My little Corsa Diesel does 65mpg and is cheap to run and repair and it won't be stuck in no driveway either.[/p][/quote]Cheapskate sucker then...ooo, you nearly hit me with your little stick and stone....haha Ghostnigel
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Dorset POTHOLER says...

Dorset has become one large pothole, signs stating temporary road surface does not solve the issues, these roads are in a disgusting state of repair and were like it long before the wet weather arrived, WE pay tax for vehicles and council tax and have done for years but still the same roads are in need of repair,the only time anything happens is after the damage is done, drains and ditches should be cleared in the Autumn so the water does not lay on the road, the HEAVY Frost are about to come what then?????
Dorset has become one large pothole, signs stating temporary road surface does not solve the issues, these roads are in a disgusting state of repair and were like it long before the wet weather arrived, WE pay tax for vehicles and council tax and have done for years but still the same roads are in need of repair,the only time anything happens is after the damage is done, drains and ditches should be cleared in the Autumn so the water does not lay on the road, the HEAVY Frost are about to come what then????? Dorset POTHOLER
  • Score: 1

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