Council aiming to speed up minor road repairs with versatile Multihog machine
Residents are set to benefit from a more efficient pothole repair service thanks to a machine considered to be the ‘Swiss army knife’ of highways equipment.
The council’s highways contractor Amey is trialling a Multihog machine for a one week – from Monday 3 to Friday 7 February – on two of the borough’s busiest roads most in need of pothole and patch repairs.
Dedworth Road in Windsor will be targeted from 9.30am Monday until midday on Thursday before Forlease Road which becomes the focus in the afternoon until 4.30pm on the Friday. The normal hours of operation each day will be 9.30am to 4.30pm.
It is expected that the machine - which looks like a small tractor with attachments that can spread salt, snow plough and cut verges amongst other things - will treat 500 square metres of defects in Dedworth Road and 250 square metres of the surface of Forlease Road.
Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, Chris Wheeler, highways, engineering and performance manager, and David Ogden, Amey account director, with the Multihog machine at Dedworth Road, Windsor, at 3pm on Monday 3 February 2014.
The Multihog, which has not been used in the borough before, can cut and prepare potholes and patches for filling much more quickly than the traditional manual method. Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said:
“The Multihog really is the Swiss army knife of highways plant and brings added value in its ability to be a jack of all trades with regards to road maintenance."
“We have chosen to focus on two of the busiest roads in the borough first and if the trial proves successful we will consider asking Amey to use it to repair potholes in other parts of the borough.
“Not only will residents benefit from speedier highways repairs but they can also expect significant savings from the use of this vehicle as opposed to more traditional means of pothole and patch repair.”
David Ogden, Amey account director said: “We are always looking for innovative ways to deliver a better highways service in the Borough. We’ve been using the Multihog very successfully in other locations. This is the time of year when rain and frost get into the roads and cause faults, so getting in and repairing them early will help ensure the network stays in good condition.”
Residents can see the Irish-developed and built Multihog in action on YouTube below: